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OST Docket Filings for December 18, 2015

 

Applications and Renewals:

Virgin America - Supplement No. 1 (Removal of Fleet Restriction)

Answers and Replies:

2015 SCASD - Ex-Parte Letters - Missing Since September 2

American and Qantas - Response to Order Requesting Additional Information (Antitrust Immunity)

EAS at Thief River Falls, MN - DOT Granting Extension of Time for Proposals

Royal Air Maroc - Polling Results (Casablanca-Dulles)

Notices of Action Taken:

Royal Air Maroc - Casablanca-Dulles

Notices and Orders:

EAS at Chisana and Healy Lake, AK - Requesting Proposals

Air Serbia - Show Cause (Belgrade-New York/Chicago/Miami Codesharing with Air Berlin)

Flights to College Bowl Games - Notice to Colleges and Universities




2015 Small Community Air Service Development

OST-2015-0126


Arizona

September 2, 2015

Ex-Parte Letters to:

Lake Havasu City City Manager

By: Brooke Chapman


California

September 2, 2015

Ex-Parte Letters to:

Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA-23)
Navy Rear Admiral Mike Moran

California Assemblyowman Shannon Grove
California State Senator Jean Fuller
Kern County Supervisor District 1
Mayor of Ridgecrest, CA

By: Brooke Chapman


Colorado

September 2, 2015

Ex-Parte Letters to:

Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)

Mayor of Denver, CO

By: Brooke Chapman


Louisiana

September 2, 2015

Ex-Parte Letters to:

Louisiana State Representative Frank Hoffmann
Mayor of Jonesboro, LA
Mayor of Monroe, LA
Mayor of Ruston, LA

By: Brooke Chapman


Maine

September 2, 2015

Ex-Parte Letters to:

Senator Angus King (I-ME)
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)

By: Brooke Chapman


Texas

September 2, 2015

Ex-Parte Letters to:

Bryan, TX City Manager

By: Brooke Chapman

 

Order 2015-9-8 - Awarding Grants

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Air Serbia A.D. Belgrade

Order 2015-12-7
OST-2015-0163
- Exemption and Foreign Air Carrier Permit - Belgrade-New York/Chicago/Miami Codesharing with Air Berlin

Issued and Served December 18, 2015

Order to Show Cause

We tentatively find and conclude that the public interest warrants granting the applicant a foreign air carrier permit and subject to the conditions attached. In particular, we tentatively find that grant of this authority is in the public interest; that the applicant demonstrated, based on the record, that it is financially and operationally qualified to perform the services authorized; and that the applicant is effectively controlled by citizens of its claimed homeland.

We direct all interested persons to show cause why our tentative decision on the application of Air Serbia a.d. Belgrade, set forth above, should not be made final. Any interested person objecting to the issuance of an order making final our tentative findings and conclusions with respect to the applicant’s request for a foreign air carrier permit shall, no later than twenty-one calendar days after the date of service of this order, file with the Department.

By: Paul Gretch

http://www.airserbia.com/

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American Airlines, Inc. and Qantas Airways Limited

OST-2015-0129 - Antitrust Immunity - US-Australia/New Zealand

December 18, 2015

Joint Applicants' Response to Order Requesting Additional Information

American Airlines, Inc. and Qantas Airways Limited hereby respond to Order 2015-11-1 issued by the Department requesting additional information regarding the Parties’ Application and the Proposed Alliance. As detailed in the Parties’ Application and in this Response, the Amended and Restated Joint Business Agreement, the Alliance Agreement, and other implementing agreements will enhance competition and benefit the public by facilitating the introduction of new routes, increasing capacity on key Trans-Pacific routes, and improving the quality and scope of services for passengers beyond what is currently possible. Comprehensive antitrust immunity is necessary, however, to fully realize those benefits. With the information presented below and new documents submitted, the Parties urge the Department to declare the record complete in this case and approve the Application without delay.

The New Zealand Minister of Transport granted authorization for the Parties to proceed with their joint business on November 8, 2015. About three weeks later, and following its grant of interim authorization for the joint business in July 2015, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission issued its Draft Determination proposing to grant authorization with its Final Draft Determination due in January 2016. See Exhibit 1, ACCC, Draft Determination, 27 November 2015. In the ACCC Draft Determination, the ACCC acknowledged the significant consumer benefits of American and Qantas more closely integrating their operations, including improved products and services for travelers. See ACCC Draft Determination, at 15-27. New Zealand’s Transport Minister echoed these sentiments, noting the public benefits of new Trans-Pacific services and declaring, -[t]he increased competition can only be good news for consumers. In sum, these jurisdictions have recognized the benefits of the Proposed Alliance, and the Parties believe there is ample evidence for the Department to approve the Application as well.

Counsel: Howard Kass for American / Andrew Finch for Qantas Airways

http://www.qantas.com.au/
http://www.aa.com/

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Essential Air Service at Chisana and Healy Lake, Alaska

Order 2015-12-8
OST-1998-4574 - Chisana
OST-1998-3546 - Healy Lake

Issued and Served December 18, 2015

Order Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation is requesting proposals to provide EAS at Chisana and Healy Lake, Alaska, with or without subsidy support, beginning June 1, 2016. Proposals are due January 22, 2016.

Specifically, the Department requests proposals for two round trips a week between Chisana and Tok, or another suitable airport, and two round trips a week between Healy Lake and Fairbanks, or another suitable hub, with small aircraft (5 seats or less). In order to assist air carriers in making traffic and revenue forecasts, the Department has included historical traffic. Typically in Alaska, mail and freight flows are asymmetrical, with up to 90% of total mail and freight flowing outbound from the hub to the EAS communities.

By: Todd Homan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chisana_Airport - Chisana Airport
http://en/wikipedia.org/wiki/Healy_Lake_Airport - Healy Lake Airport

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Essential Air Service at Thief River Falls, Minnesota

OST-2001-10642

December 16, 2015

DOT Granting Extension of Time for Proposals

By Order 2015-11-15, issued on November 19, 2015, the Department of Transportation requested proposals to provide Essential Air Service at Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Those proposals were due no later than December 21, 2015; however, by the attached letter, the Thief River Falls Airport Authority requested an extension to the due date for proposals, until January 29, 2016. The Department finds it in the public's best interest to grant the requested extension. Therefore, proposals to provide EAS at Thief River Falls are now due no later than January 29, 2016.

By: Scott Faulk, 202-366-9967

http://www.trfairport.com/ - Thief River Falls Regional Airport

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Notice of Colleges, Universities and Other Organizations Offering Flights to College Bowl Games and Other Special Events

December 16, 2015

Notice

Specific rules apply to situations where an organization offers tickets to a game or other special event that are purchased with the cost of the flight to the event, whether it is a charter or a regularly scheduled flight. Specifically, an organization that offers game or special event tickets in connection with a flight must be in physical possession of a sufficient number of tickets or have a written contract for the tickets, which must be directly from an authorized ticket distributor of the game or other special event.

Consumers are entitled to a full refund, including the price of the airfare, if a tour operator offers game or other special event tickets, but does not have physical possession of a sufficient number of tickets or a written contract for the tickets.

By: Blane Workie

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Royal Air Maroc

OST-2015-0262 - Exemption - Casablanca-Washington Dulles


December 14, 2015

Re: Polling Results

We completed polling for the Royal Air Maroc application filed Friday and there were no objections.

Counsel: Garofalo Goerlich, Don Hainbach, 202-776-3976




Filed December 11, 2015 | Issued December 17, 2015

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption from 49 USC § 41301 to engage in scheduled foreign air transportation of persons, property and mail between Casablanca, Morocco on the one hand, and Washington, D.C., on the other hand.

By: Paul Gretch

http://www.royalairmaroc.com/

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Virgin America, Inc.

OST-2005-23307 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - Interstate Scheduled Passenger

December 18, 2015

Supplement No. 1

At the Department's request, Virgin America Inc. hereby submits this supplemental information regarding its pending application to remove the condition on its certificate authority restricting the total number of aircraft that the carrier is authorized to operate.

  1. Ownership
  2. Relevant Corporations - Compliance Data

Counsel: Zuckert Scoutt, Malcolm Benge, 202-298-8660

http://www.virginamerica.com/

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