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OST Docket Filings for February 16, 2017

 

Applications and Renewals:

Air Namibia - Namibia-US Codesharing with a US or Foreign Carrier

Answers and Replies:

Advanced Air - Request for Additional Information (Commuter Authority)

Delta-AeroMexico ATI Slot Assignment - California Assemblymember in Support of Alaska Air

XTRAirways - Polling Results (US-China Zone 3 and Article 6 Services Scheduled Passenger Certificate / US-Hong Kong Scheduled Passenger Certificate (Guam/Northern Marianas-China))

Notices of Action Taken:

Polynesian - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands Extension

Volga-Dnepr - Columbus-Everett and/or Seattle Emergency Exemption

Notices and Orders:

EAS at Perryville and Twin Hills, AK - Requesting Proposals

Use of Mobile Wireless Devices for Voice Calls on Aircraft / Transparency of Airline Ancillary Fees and Other Consumer Protection Issues / Exploring Industry Practices on Distribution and Display of Airline Fare, Schedule and Availability Information / Transparency of Airline Ancillary Service Fees - Final Rule; Extension of Compliance Date of Certain Provisions




Advanced Air, LLC

OST-2016-0120 - Commuter Air Carrier Authority - Hawthorne, CA-Las Vegas

February 1, 2017

DOT Request for Additional Information

In support of Advanced Air's financial fitness determination, the air carrier submitted its financial statement as of November 2016, and copy of bank statement indicating the availability of $371,513.76 (statement from Pacific Western Bank )to meet its fitness determination requirement. The review of Advanced Air's balance sheet as of November 2016 indicated that the company has Current Assets of $1.06 million and Current Liabilities of $1.19 million, giving the company a negative working capital of $127,510.

Since Advanced Air has a negative working capital position, the Department is unable to consider the current cash deposits available as sources of capital to meet the applicant's fitness determination. This is because the cash balance available during the period was al ready accounted while calculating the working capital position. Further the Department considers negative working capital balances as pre-operating expenses.

Therefore, if the company wishes to pursue its application, we would require Advanced Air to provide another source of funding to meet the Department's financial fitness determination. As is the Department's practice, further processing of Advanced Air's application will be deferred pending receipt of this material. In addition, please remember that Advanced Air should promptly provide the Department with any information regarding changes it may undergo in areas affecting its fitness (i.e., management, operating plans or financial condition, compliance disposition, or ownership) while its application is under review by the Department.

By: Shabu Thomas, 202-366-9721

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Air Namibia Pty (Ltd)

OST-2017-0028 - Exemption - Namibia-US Codesharing with a US or Foreign Carrier

February 16, 2017

Application for Exemption

Air Namibia hereby requests an exemption from 49 USC 41301 and, to the extent necessary, from any other provisions of Title 49 and the Economic Regulations of the Department of Transportation to permit Air Namibia to engage in the scheduled foreign air transportation of persons, property and mail
from points behind Namibia, via Namibia and intermediate points to a point or points in the United States and beyond, subject to a wet lease or codeshare arrangement with a duly authorized US or foreign air carrier.

Air Namibia’s codeshare partner will obtain a statement of authorization from the Department prior to the commencement of any codeshare service. Under its codeshare arrangements, Air Namibia will display its SW code on flights operated between the US and Namibia via third country points. In some cases, Air Namibia’s codeshare partner will operate the US-third country and third country-Namibia segments. In other cases, Air Namibia’s partner will operate the US-third country segment and Air Namibia will operate the third country-Namibia segment. Air Namibia will not operate to any US point with its own aircraft and crews until Namibia achieves Category 1 status under the FAA’s IASA program.

Air Namibia’s fleet consists currently of four Airbus A319-100, four Embraer ERJ-135 and two A330-200 aircraft. The company’s domestic services include Luderitz, Oranjemund, Ondangwa, Rundu, Katima Mulilo and Walvis Bay. International services include frequent flights between Namibia and Frankfurt, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Luanda, Gaborone, Victoria Falls, Lusaka, and Harare. Air Namibia also has an existing codeshare arrangement with Kenya Airways covering flights between Windhoek and Nairobi via Johannesburg (South Africa), Harare (Zimbabwe) and Lusaka (Zambia). As part of its growth strategy, Air Namibia plans to expand its footprint globally through partnerships and direct operations. Plans call for new service to Nigeria, Ghana, India, China, Brazil, Congo Brazzaville, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon as well as North America. Air Namibia also plans to grow its domestic market by increasing domestic flights.

Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop, Charles Donley, 202-663-8448

Air Nambia & Turkish Airlines Have Signed a Codeshare Agreement - February 7, 2017

http://www.airnamibia.com/

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Delta Air Lines, Inc. and Aerovias de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. / Slot Assignment Phase of the Delta-AeroMexico ATI Proceeding

OST-2015-0070 - Antitrust Immunity for Alliance Agreements

February 6, 2017

Califnoria Assemblymember Autumn Burke in Support of Alaska Airlines

I write in support of the application of Alaska Airlines , Inc. for an allocation of slots at Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport to enable it to introduce double daily non top roundtrip scheduled air service between Los Angeles, California and Mexico City. I am very pleased that Alaska has proposed to introduce double daily nonstop service to Mexico City from Los Angeles. I strongly urge the Department to award Alaska the MEX slots necessary to implement this service.

By: Autumn Burke

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Essential Air Service at Perryville and Twin Hills, Alaska

Order 2017-2-8
OST-2015-0116
- Perryville
OST-2015-0117 - Twin Hills

Issued and Served February 16, 2017

Order Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the Department is requesting proposals from airlines interested in providing Essential Air Service at Perryville and/or Twin Hills, Alaska, with or without subsidy. Proposals are due by March 22, 2017. The Department expects proposals that are consistent with what the communities currently receive, with service to a suitable hub airport that provides access to the national air transportation system.

By: Todd Homan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twin_Hills_Airport - Twin Hills Airport
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perryville_Airport - Perryville Airport

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Polynesian Limited

OST-2014-0144 - Emergency Exemption - Pago Pago-Manu'a Islands

Filed January 26, 2017 | Issued February 16, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to transport persons, property, and mail between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and the Manu’a Islands, American Samoa, for a period of twelve months beginning February 18, 2017. Polynesian states that Inter Island Airways, Inc., a US carrier, previously provided this service; however, IIA’s aircraft is out of service, and it is not clear when IIA’s aircraft will return to service. Polynesian asserts that there is currently no service between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, creating severe hardships for residents. In this regard, Polynesian states in its application that the Government of American Samoa supports the request of Polynesian for an exemption to prevent American Samoa residents from being left without air service.

Polynesian states that it has no objection to grant of its authority for an initial 30-day period, with deferral of the remainder of the duration of its request.

By: Susan McDermott

http://www.polynesianairlines.com

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TEM Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a XTRAirways


OST-2017-0018 - Exemption and Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - US-China Zone 3 and Article 6 Services Scheduled Passenger Certificate

February 16, 2017

Re: Polling Results

Pursuant to the above-referenced application of TEM Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a XTRAirways filed on February 3, 2017 and as amended on February 9, 2017, we hereby confirm that we have now completed a polling of the US carriers on the service list. All have conveyed a "no objection" to either the above-referenced application and amendment, or early action in its processing. XTRAirways, therefore, respectfully requests early action as soon as feasible.

Counsel: Pierre Murphy, 202-776-3980




OST-2017-0019 - Exemption and Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - US-Hong Kong Scheduled Passenger Certificate

February 16, 2017

Re: Polling Results

Pursuant to the above-referenced application of TEM Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a XTRAirways filed on Februaiy 3, 2017, we hereby confirm that we have now completed a polling of the US carriers on the service list. All have conveyed a "no objection" to either the above-referenced application, or early action in its processing. XTRAirways, therefore, respectfully requests early action as soon as feasible.

Counsel: Pierre Murphy, 202-776-3980

http://www.xtraairways.com/

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Use of Mobile Wireless Devices for Voice Calls on Aircraft / Transparency of Airline Ancillary Fees and Other Consumer Protection Issues / Exploring Industry Practices on Distribution and Display of Airline Fare, Schedule and Availability Information / Transparency of Airline Ancillary Service Fees

OST-2014-0002 - Use of Mobile Wireless Devices for Voice Calls on Aircraft
OST-2014-0056 - Transparency of Airline Ancillary Fees and Other Consumer Protection Issues
OST-2016-0204 - Exploring Industry Practices on Distribution and Display of Airline Fare, Schedule and Availability Information
OST-2017-0007 - Transparency of Airline Ancillary Service Fees

Issued February 14, 2017

Final Rule; Extension of Compliance Date of Certain Provisions

The Department of Transportation is extending the compliance date from February 15, 2017 to March 17, 2017, for the provisions concerning codeshare disclosure requirements and prohibition of undisclosed flight display bias in the Department’s final rule on enhancing airline passenger protections. This extension is in response to a request by Airlines for America and Delta Air Lines.

By: Judith Kaleta

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Volga-Dnepr Airlines LLC

OST-2017-0025 - Emergency Exemption - Columbus-Everett and/or Seattle

Filed February 13, 2017 | Issued February 16, 2017

Notice of Action Taken

Exemption under 49 USC § 40109(g) to permit the applicant to operate one, one-way, all-cargo charter flight, using its AN-124-100 aircraft, carrying outsized cargo on behalf of GE Aviation, from Columbus, Ohio, to Everett, and/or Seattle, Washington, on or around February 17-20, 2017. The applicant states that the flight would carry four GEnx-1B aircraft engines and one GE90 aircraft engine related to the manufacture of the Boeing B787 and B777 aircraft. The applicant asserts that GE Aviation’s customer Boeing Commercial Aircraft (Boeing) needs the subject lift to avoid delay in production deadlines for its B787 and B777 aircraft; that the cargo is too large for transportation on commercially available US-carrier aircraft; and that surface transportation is not feasible because of the size of the cargo and the urgency of the shipment.

By: Susan McDermott

http://www.volga-dnepr.com/

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