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Weekly Brief March 18th, 2018

Aeropolitical Updates already provides daily updates straight in your inbox, but we also gather the weekly news to offer a free copy to all our subscribers! Stay up-to-date with the fast-changing aviation regulations, conventions and agreements around the world. March 18th, 2018

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Indian antitrust body fines airlines over cargo price-fixing

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has cracked the whip on three different airlines for what it deemed as determined action in fixing and amending fuel surcharge (FSC), which is a component of freight charges. The CCI came out with the decision after an extensive investigation stemming from charges that the airlines were running a cartel. The heaviest penalty was that of Jet Airways, which was slapped a fine of …

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Singapore and Bangladesh expand bilateral air services agreement

Singapore and Bangladesh have signed a Confidential Memorandum of Understanding (CMU) to expand a bilateral air services agreement, that would let airlines from both countries run more passenger and cargo services between and beyond them. At the moment, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, US-Bangla Airlines and Regent Airways operate daily passenger services. Singapore Airlines operates ten per week and Scoot operates a daily passenger service between Singapore and Bangladesh. The Permanent Secretary …

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South Korea to amend law to keep expansion of low cost carriers in check

South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has announced that it would be amending existing regulations to fortify entry criteria and management requirements to keep the expansion of low cost carriers (LCC) in check. “We came up with the revision to make LCC-related regulations more realistic, aiming to improve the overall quality of the airline industry with fair competition,” remarked a ministry official. If the revision is ratified by …

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Jet Airways hires merger and acquisitions expert, Piero Ceschia, ahead of possible bid for Air India

Jet Airways has announced the hiring of Piero Ceschia, a Senior Executive from Delta Airlines, who has earned a reputation for his expertise in merger and acquisitions, right before a potential run for Air India. Ceschia previously served as Vice President for Strategic Alliances in Delta. He has also had senior finance and corporate strategy roles in Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Ceschia’s expertise however, is largely in the areas of …

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How the Trump administration is looking to change rules protecting air travellers

By Kari Paul – www.marketwatch.com Flying is a headache for many Americans — and it could soon get worse. Consumer advocates warn that the Trump administration is poised to repeal regulations that protect travelers, potentially making flying more costly and more dangerous, said Paul Hudson, passenger organization FlyersRights.org president and member of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee. “Airlines today seek nothing short of total deregulation plus competition …

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CAAB Chairman says US-Bangla aircraft was fit to fly

The Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB), Air Vice Marshal M Naim Hassan, has said that the US-Bangla aircraft that crashed at Kathmandu Airport was declared fit to fly before it departed Dhaka. The CAAB chairman also said that the aircraft’s black box would be sent to Bombardier in Canada, which is the manufacturer of the dash, to decode it. “We followed all set procedures of safety …

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American Airlines Group lauds Brazilian Senate for approving Open Skies agreement with the US

The American Airlines Group showered praise upon the Brazilian Senate for giving its go ahead to the Open Skies agreement with the United States. Two years ago, American proposed a joint business arrangement with the LATAM Airlines Group of Brazil, which would cover travel between the U.S. and Canada and Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. The same pact would also benefit air travellers through reduced airfares and better …

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Airline Operators of Nigeria advises holding off on signing of African Continental Free Trade Area

The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has recommended to the Federal Government that they first hold off on signing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Treaty. The pact was slated for signing by African Heads of States on March 21–22 in Kigali, Rwanda. The AON issued its recommendation after the recent signing of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), which African leaders sanctioned in Addis Ababa Ethiopia on …

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Blue sky between airlines on Brexit

By Tom Mcenaney – thetimes.co.uk There was a very curious contrast between the positions adopted last week by IAG’s Willie Walsh and Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary on the question of Brexit. Both of them operate two of the largest airlines in the world. Each has very significant operations in the UK and in the rest of the EU and yet there was a remarkable amount of blue sky between their respective …

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