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  1. Legal news
    23 July 2018
    European Court of Justice delivers two recent judgments in relation to extraordinary circumstances under Regulation 261

    Under Article 5(3) EU Regulation 261/2004 ("Reg 261") an air carrier is not obliged to pay compensation if it can prove that the cancellation is caused by extraordinary circumstances which could not have been avoided ...

  2. Legal news
    16 July 2018
    Bird & Bird's Aviation Finance team recognised in AirFinance Journal’s 2018 Lawyers Guide

    Our Aviation Finance team has again been recognised in the 2018 Airfinance Journal Lawyer Guide, ranking sixth among all law firms globally for aviation finance transactions.

  3. Legal news
    22 January 2019
    Airlines and cyber risk: what is your legal obligation?

    Many of you will be familiar with the NISR (Network and Information Systems Regulations), which came into force on 9 May this year and which have been designed to prevent critical national infrastructure of EU countries ...

  4. Legal news
    15 May 2019
    Electric propulsion of aircraft: market update

    Electric propulsion of aircraft is a growing phenomenon in a sector subject to mounting scrutiny with regard to its environmental impact. Here, our Aviation team looks at some of the political, industrial and regulatory ...

  5. Legal news
    17 October 2019
    Passenger compensation for denied boarding: the limits to standard compensation, and an airline's obligations when re-routing under Regulation 261

    Our Aviation Regulatory team looks at the European Court's recent clarification of airline's obligations around passenger compensation, including duty of assistance.

  6. Legal news
    18 January 2019
    Policy divergence on "no deal" Brexit airline traffic rights

    The possibility of a "no deal" Brexit has focused attention on the basis on which flights would continue to operate between the UK and EU27 in that event.

  7. Legal news
    21 January 2019
    When is an air carrier not an air carrier? A Regulation 261 anomaly

    On 6 December 2018 the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") issued a preliminary ruling concerning the interpretation of EU Regulation 261/2004 ("Regulation 261") Article 2(a), Article 5(1)(c) and Article 7(1). These ...

  8. Legal news
    15 January 2019
    Would the delays caused by the impoundment of an aircraft due to the airline's failure to pay an outstanding debt to local authorities amount to an "extraordinary circumstance" under EC 261/2004?

    On 8 November 2018 the press reported that Ryanair was required to pay approximately €525,000, according to regional airport officials, to secure the return of a Boeing aircraft impounded at Bordeaux airport.

  9. Legal news
    15 January 2019
    Wet-leasing: European Council agrees amendment to EC 1008/2008 for consistency with the EU/US Open Skies agreement

    Many airlines operating in Europe have had to deal with the limitations and control on use of wet-lease capacity whether leasing "in" or "out", and in particular when non-EU wet lessors are involved.