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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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US Senator seeks protection for air passengers from tech that uses personal info to affect pricing

United States Senator Chuck Schumer is asking the federal government to safeguard air passengers from technology that would be using personal information collected to impact prices. Schumer said that airlines and other companies are seriously considering the use of this kind of technology. The Senator disclosed that he has filed a letter to the Federal Trade Commission to look into reports of a pricing policy that would levy various rates …

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US upgrades safety level of Kenya’s airspace

The United States Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has declared the airspace of Kenya to be safe, two years after it was placed on a blacklist. The development is a timely one with US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, visiting the country. The notice would also be a huge boost to the country’s national carrier, Kenya Airways, which is getting ready to launch direct flights to the US in October. The …

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Brazil Senate green lights Open Skies air pact with United States

Brazil’s Senate has sanctioned the Open Skies agreement between the country and the United States, which essentially clears the path for a partnership between American Airlines Group Inc. and LATAM Airlines Group. The treaty is expected to be signed into law by the President of Brazil, Michel Temer. The pact makes way for an unlimited number of flights between Brazil and the US – which is considered to be a …

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United States offers UK limited Open Skies aviation deal

The United States has forwarded to the UK a more limited Open Skies aviation deal after Brexit. However, participants remained hopeful that the profitable transatlantic market would continue to flourish. The primary contention in the talks between the two nations is that the US is sticking with its usual template for aviation pacts, which has less generous conditions than its deal with the EU. Those conditions could impact transatlantic flights …

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Nigeria retains FAA Category 1 status

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Carriers from Nigeria will be able to operate direct flights to the United States after the country retained its Category One status from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Nigeria was able to attain the feat after it passed the safety audit of its civil aviation industry that was conducted by a team from the FAA last year. The positive result was relayed to Nigeria three months later. It initially …

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Government to stay out of aviation industry’s way, says top US Department of Transportation official

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United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Undersecretary for Policy, Derek Kan, has indicated that the government is keen on just staying out of the way of the aviation industry and letting the market play out. “The lesson for us in Washington [from US airlines’ recent financial success and the emergence of ultra-LCCs] is to remove onerous regulatory burdens,” said Kan at an International Aviation Club (IAC) luncheon that was held …

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Trump-backed plan to privatize airport traffic control system lacks support, says Congressman

The plan backed by United States President, Donald Trump, to privatize air traffic control is not gaining any traction as it lacks support. This was the sentiment of the Chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Republican Representative Bill Shuster, who relayed in a statement that the “air traffic control reform provisions did not reach the obvious level of support needed to pass Congress.” However, Shuster pledge that …

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Qantas, American refiles for antitrust immunity for joint business agreement

Qantas and American Airlines have filed once again to the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) for antitrust immunity for their augmented transpacific joint business agreement. The US regulator rejected the first application, which was filed in 2016, on the basis that the proposed metal-neutral revenue-sharing venture would bring down competition, thus also reducing choices for consumers. In their modified submission, the scope of which covers routes between North America, …

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IATA urges industry stakeholders to settle on set of common principles

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) pressed the United States government and the rest of the industry’s stakeholders to come up with a set of common principles that would allow aviation to raise the level of benefits it gives to the US and the rest of the world. IATA Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, said: “Aviation is the business of freedom. It liberates us from the constraints of …

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