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15 September 2010
ENAC, the Italian Civil Aviation Authority, recently issued a circular which introduces significant innovations relating to the procedures and conditions for wet lease agreements undertaken by national air carriers.
Circular EAL-07A, amending the previous circular of February 21 2002, was inspired by the Operation of Air Services in the Community Regulations (Part 2 - SI 2009/41) concerning leasing approval requirements, which was issued in January 2009 by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. It also implements the EU Air Service Operation Regulation (1008/2008), the EU Civil Aviation Harmonisation Regulation (3922/1991)(1) and the Commercial Air Transportation (Helicopters) Joint Aviation Requirements (JAR-OPS 3).
The circular sets out the required conditions and procedures for obtaining ENAC approval for aeroplane and helicopter leasing agreements where a national air carrier acts as a lessee. In particular, it deals with agreements for wet leases at short notice, which are typically undertaken in situations of unexpected and urgent need, such as rerouting of passengers or damages to an aircraft.
The circular applies where such a national air carrier, acting as a lessee, intends to enter into:
ENAC has stressed that the new circular will simplify licensing procedures for aeroplane and helicopter rentals and make them more flexible. It will also ensure regularity and reliability in busy air traffic periods, allowing operators to manage emergencies and unforeseen service problems more efficiently.
For further information on this topic please contact Laura Pierallini or Gianluigi Ascenzi at Studio Legale Pierallini e Associati by telephone (+39 06 88 41 713), fax (+39 06 88 40 249) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com).
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