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OST-97-2763  7/25/97 Request for Exemption St. Petersburg-New York PDF
    Refer to HTML Version or Daily Airline Filings of 7/25/97    
OST-97-2763 7/25/97 Motion for Confidential Treatment   PDF
OST-97-2763 8/6/97 Request for Exemption – Supplemental Documentation   PDF
    Refer to HTML Version or Daily Airline Filings of 8/6/97 for Exhibits    
OST-97-2763 8/7/97 Answer of Delta Air Lines   PDF
OST-97-2763 8/13/97 Reply to Delta Air Lines' Answer   PDF
OST-97-2763 8/28/97 Request for Exemption Supplemental Documentation   PDF
    Appendix: Pre-Revenue Budget   PDF
    Appendix: Twelve-Month Operating Cash Flow 1997/1998   PDF
OST-97-2763 9/2/97 Request for Exemption Supplemental Documentation Withdraws its request for confidential treatment of the attached documents PDF
    Refer to Daily Airline Filings of 9/2/97 for Exhibits    
Order 97-9-11 OST-96-2032 OST-97-2763 Issued September 10, 1997

Served September 11, 1997

Order granting Requests for an Exemtption and Confidential Treatement of Documents   HTML
OST-98-3432 2/5/98 Request for Exemption Delay Start-up New York/St. Petersburg HTML
   
  • Exhibit A-1:  Prospectus Cover for Common Stock and Warrants, Jan 14, 1998
  • Exhibit A-2:  IPO Proceeds
  • Exhibit A-3:  Letter from Hobbs Melville Securties to Secy Slater Outlining Qualifications
  • Exhibit A-4:  Document Compliance Period and Costs
  • Exhibit A-5:  Affidavit of Igor Dmitrowsky
  • Exhibit A-6:  Pacific Aviation Holding Co - Ex-TWA B-747-200 Lease Agreement, Feb 4, 1998
  • Exhibit A-7:  Used Ground Equipment for JFK and LED Stations
  • Exhibit A-8:  List of Insider Holdings
  • Exhibit A-9:  Resumes of Glenn Johnmeyer, Chief Pilot / Michael Cowain / Thomas Mc Dermott
  • Exhibit A-10:  Interflight Services - Airworthiness Program
  • Exhibit A-11:  Strand Associates
  • Service List
   
OST-98-4293 8/7/98 Motion Requesting Withholding from Public Disclosure    
  8/7/98 Request for Exemption   HTML
   
  • A-1:   Form SB-2 amendment No. 5,  Registration Statement filed with the SEC, 6/29/98
  • A-2:  Calculation of Registration Fee
  • A-3:  Letter from NASDAQ, 7/28/98
  • A-4:  Letter from Hornblower & Weeks to DOT, 8/5/98
  • A-5:  Letter from LainBanka, 3/16/98 & 4/2/98
  • A-6:  KentTrading Exhchange Agreeement
  • A-7:  Affidavit of Brian Glynn
  • A-8:  Affidavit of Igor Dmitrowsky
  • A-9:  Letter of Initial Agreement, Leasing Limited, 8/5/98, for B-747-267
  • A-10:  Affidavit of Paul Asmus
  • A-11:  Resumes of Key Personnel
  • A-12:  NATCO Training Services
  • A-13:  Evergreen Air Center, Maintenance Center
  • A-14:  Letter from Ramada Plaza Hotel for Crew Contract
  • A-15:  Letter from JFK International Air Terminal
  • A-16:  Letter from Evergreen Air Center
  • A-17:  Flight Planning Contract from NAVTECH
  • A-18:  Global Weather Dynamics Weather and NOTAM Service Agreements
  • A-19:  World Fuel Services Fuel Pricing
  • A-20:  AON Aviation Hull Liability
  • A-21:  Twelve-Month Operating Cash Flow 1998/1999 - Aircraft #1/Budget/Pro Forma Income Statement
  • A-22:  Letter from Intl Business Law Firm Regarding Registration Statement Filed with the SEC
  • A-23:  Baltics:  Positioned for Success, Department of Commerce Publication
  • A-25:  Affidavit of Igor Dmitrowsky
  • Service List
   
OST-98-3432 August 11, 1998

Letter from Air Carrier Fitness Requesting Additional Information

Letter from Air Carrier Fitness Granting Extension

St. Petersburg-New York
Order 99-12-6
OST-98-4293
OST-95-396
Issued December 3, 1999
Served December 8, 1999
Order Denying Request for Waiver and Revoking Certificate New York-St. Petersburg, Russia
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OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

October 3, 2007

Application for Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - 354 Pages

Motion for Confidential Treatment

Baltia Air Lines, Inc. seeks authority to conduct air transportation as an air carrier between New York and St. Petersburg on simplified procedure.

Baltia proposes to operate service between JFK International Airport in New York and St. Petersburg, Russia, nonstop using Boeing 747-200 for one round trip per week. Baltia's Flight 101 expects to depart 16:00 (5) and arrive in St. Petersburg at 8:30 (+1). The return flight 102 expects to depart St. Petersburg at 11:00 (7) arriving New York at 12:30 (7).

Baltia foresees increases frequency to three and subsequently to five weekly round trips. Any increase is dependent upon market conditions and appropriate authorities.

Baltia plans to take delivery of a B747-200 aircraft to be used on proposed service in February/March 2008 from Aviation Management Group "AMG", a subsidiary of Panam International Flight Academy.

Counsel: International Business Law Firm, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111, slewis@iblf.com


OST-2007-0007 - Baltia Air Lines - Certificate of Public Convenience - New York-St. Petersburg, Russia
OST-2007-0021 - American Airlines - Exemption and Allocation of Six Weekly Combination Frequencies - Chicago-Moscow

October 19, 2007

Consolidated Answer of United Air Lines

Both carriers assert that their proposed services are consistent with the terms of the U.S.-Russia Air Services Agreement but neither carrier offers any analysis of these assertions. Under the U.S.-Russia Agreement, the United States may designate a maximum of six carriers for combination services and may allocate a maximum of 63 weekly frequencies for such services. Non-operating combination carriers in a code-share arrangement must also be designated and have frequency allocations, with one-half frequency required for each roundtrip marketed under the code-share arrangement.

United is designated for U.S.-Russia combination services and holds an allocation of seven frequencies, as well as one of the five third-country code share arrangements, to allow it to offer code-share service on daily round trip flights operated by Lufthansa between Frankfurt and both Moscow and St. Petersburg. The dormancy conditions for United’s frequency allocation do not apply until 90 days after Russia allows United to restore its code-share service that was interrupted in 1995 when Russia refused to renew it. See, Order 1996-10-1.

United has no objection to the applications of Baltia and American so long as they do not affect the long-standing designation, frequency allocation, and third country code-share arrangement held by United. Beginning in 1994, United was offering code-share service with Lufthansa consistent with the terms of the U.S.-Russia Agreement, but Russia in 1995 unlawfully withheld authority for United to continue this service. See, Order 1998-2-3. United fully intends to restart this service as soon as the United States secures Russia’s commitment to abide by the terms of the U.S.-Russia Agreement and requires the retention of the rights it has been awarded in order to do so.

Counsel: United, Julie Oettinger, 202-296-2370, julie.oettinger@united.com


OST-1996-1960 - Family Assistance Plans

October 22, 2007

Family Assistance Plan

By: Baltia


OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

November 6, 2007

DOT Letter Requesting Additional Information

  1. General Information
  2. Management and Key Technical Personnel
  3. Financial Position and Operation Plans
  4. Compliance Disposition

By: Aviation Analysis, Robyn Bertholon


OST-1998-3305 - Passenger Manifest Information Plans

December 6, 2007

Re: Passenger Manifest Information Plan

Notice of Filing of Passenger Manifest Information Plan

Counsel: International Business Law Firm, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111, slewis@iblf.com


OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg


December 6, 2007

Motion Requesting Withholding Information from Public Disclosure

The information Baltia seeks to withhold consists of confidential agreements and results of negotiations with suppliers, private personal financial statements of various kinds, and the Company's strategy that is confidential to Baltia.

Counsel: International Business Law Firm, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111, slewis@iblf.com


December 6, 2007

Notice of Accident Plan Compliance

Baltia Air Lines, Inc., hereby gives notice that it has complied with the Accident Plan requirements by filing on October 27, 2007 its Family Assistance Plan in accordance with the Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act of 1996 and is in compliance with The Vision 100-Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act of 2003.

Counsel: International Business Law Firm, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111, slewis@iblf.com



OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

February 15, 2008

DOT Denying Confidential Treatment Request

From our review of Baltia's motion and the material for which it seeks nondisclosure, we conclude that much of the information segregated for nondisclosure contains information that is required by section 204.3 and is otherwise routinely made publicly available. Moreover, Baltia has failed to demonstrate why these documents should be treated differently.

If the applicant elects not to file a petition, we direct that the information for which confidential treatment was deried be submitted in the public docket in this proceeding within five calendar days of the date of this letter.

By: Aviation Analysis, Lauralyn Remo



OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

February 15, 2008

Supplement to Application - Bookmarked - 164 Pages

Counsel: International Business Law Firm, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111, slewis@iblf.com



OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg


April 3, 2008

Re: DOT Request for Additional Information

We have reviewed the information filed by Baltia Airlines, Inc., in support of its application for foreign scheduled authority and identified additional areas in which the applicant needs to provide further information and/or clarification before the Department can fully process Baltia's application. Those areas are set out in the enclosed Information Request. I ask that you respond fully to this request within 30 days of the date of this letter.

  1. Explanations of Financial Figures
  2. Compliance Disposition

By: Aviation Analysis, Lauralyn Remo


April 26, 2008

Re: Response to Request for Information - Bookmarked

Motion Requesting Withholding from Public Disclosure

For years Baltia relied upon outside financing. On several occasions financial institutions provided commitments for financing which appeared credible and were filed with the Department. In order to accelerate the certification process, Baltia's management quickly raised private bridge funds. Baltia proceeded with launching in reliance on those commitments, only to discover, time and time again, that when the time came for the financial institutions to provide the money, for one reason or another they faltered, and in the midst of certification, the launching process had to be aborted.

At no time during those aborted launchings did Baltia have any deficiencies with respect to the FAA Air Carrier Certification process, or in any other respect. Since the company's inception, all of the capital in the company had been raised privately.

Unreliability of funding from financial institutions is not limited to start-up airlines. An operating airline. Frontier Airlines, had a taste of it as well. The credit card processor had contracted with Frontier to hold 45% of the funds until service was provided to passengers. Unilaterally, the credit card processor held 100% of the funds. We have observed that financial institutions act in their own interests, agreement or no agreement.

Fortunately, and for the first time in its history, Baltia has the cash and credit to launch without depending upon promises for funding from financing institutions.

Counsel: International Business Law Firm, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111, slewis@iblf.com



OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

April 30, 2008

Email Message - Withdrawal of Exhibits

This morning Baltia received information that Preston Capital Partners is involved in a reorganization. Baltia hereby withdraws Exhibits 4 and 5 from the submission filed with the Department on April 28, 2008. Such, temporarily, will reduce the available capital to 9.1 million. See Baltia’s Response to Request for Information, p. 13. For reasons listed at p. 13, the principals personally continue to strongly support Baltia. Baltia expects to replace the $2 million withdrawn by the end of this week.

Although this morning’s event was unforeseen, the impact is not determinative as Baltia has provided “third-party verification that it actually has available to it all of the resources needed to be found financially fit” with $2 million cash, $4.1 million line of credit, and $4 million in exercisable warrants of which Baltia conservatively allocates $3 million to the statutory requirement. The letter from Laura Remo confirms that, assuming one flight per week, Baltia would need $5.22 million to meet the Department’s financial fitness test which is within the verified $9.1 million that Baltia has provided.

Counsel: IBLF, Steffanie Lewis, slewis@iblf.com



OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg


May 5, 2008

Re: Amended Information Request Response

Counsel: International Business Law Firm, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111, slewis@iblf.com


May 5, 2008

Re: Amended Information Request Response

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The amended submission continues to show that Baltia has provided "third-party verification that it actually has available to it all of the resources needed to be found financially fit" with $2 million cash, $4.1 million line of credit, and $4 million in exercisable warrants of which Baltia conservatively allocates $3 million to the statutory requirement. Baltia would need $5.22 million to meet the Department's financial fitness test which is within the verified $9.1 million that Baltia has provided.

Baltia recently was informed that, in re-organization, the Preston Capital Partners was dissolved. Thus, reference thereto has been removed from the accompanying "Amended Response to Request for Information" dated May 5, 2008.

Counsel: International Business Law Firm, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111, slewis@iblf.com



OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg


May 26, 2008

Request for Confidential Treatment Under 302.12

The information Baltia seeks are: Percentage draw to be repaid each month, interest percentage and discount percent on stock value if repayment is by issuance in Company shares. The percentages are confidential and the result of negotiations with private persons.

Counsel: International Business Law Firm, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111


May 27, 2008

Supplemental Documentation

Two terms of Baltia's $4.1 million revolving line of credit have been modified as follows: (a) The line of credit is immediately effective as of May 20, 2008. (b) No preconditions to borrowing or use of funds exist, excepting the requirement that Baltia provide the lender with 10 days notice prior to borrowing.

The original agreements by Dmitrowsky, Glynn and Kaplinsky were filed 10/03/2007 as tabs 29, 40 and 41. Mr. Barry Clare's original agreement was file 4/28/2008 as tab 12.

David Lipton & Co. LTD has provided the independent third party verification. Mr. David Lipton, CPA, has reviewed the modified agreements, identified the only modification, verified the value of the liquid assets underlying the agreements to be equal to or greater than the line of credit, and confirmed that no draw has been made on the $4.1 million line of credit.

Counsel: International Business Law Firm, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111



OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

June 9, 2008

Supplemental Documentation

Confidential Treatment Requested Under 302.12

Herewith submits the following supplemental documents in furtherance of the understanding of Baltia's fitness, wihingness and ability to operate one round-trip flight per week between JFK, New York and St. Petersburg, Russia using a classic 747 aircraft.

Counsel: International Business Law Firm, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111, slewis@iblf.com



OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

July 11, 2008

Re: DOT Request for Additional Information

We have completed our review of the application and supplemental information filed by Baltia Airlines, Inc. In your submissions you filed first-year expense forecasts for operations assuming 1 flight per week and for operations up to 5 flights per week. Based on these forecasts, it appears Baltia will need $6.44 million to meet our financial fitness test, assuming one flight per week, and $16.85 million, assuming up to five roundtrips flights per week (e.g. one-quarter of the forecasted first-year operating expenses plus pre-operating expenses).

In order for us to complete our review of the applicant's fitness to conduct the proposed operations please provide 1) third-party verification of Baltia's cash account balances for the most recent quarter ending June 30, 2008, 2) sufficient notes to the first-year expense forecast to allow an assessment of the amount Baltia has budgeted for equipment purchases, and 3) the conditions that must be met before the equipment lines-of-credit will be advanced, the terms of repayment for these lines-of-credit, and the expiration dates.

By: Office of Aviation Analysis, Lauralyn Remo



OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg


July 28, 2008

Re: Supplemental Documentation

Baltia Air Lines, Inc. herewith submits the following supplemental documents in response to the letter from Lauralyn J. Remo, Chief, Air Carrier Fitness Division, dated July 11, 2008. In that letter, to complete the Department's review of Baltia's fitness application, the following final items were requested: (a) Verification that Baltia meets the financial fitness test with $6.44 million cash or cash equivalent; (b) Third party verification of cash balances as of June 30, 2008; (c) Notes to the first-year pro-forma expense report to allow for budgeted equipment purchases, and (d) Terms and conditions on equipment lines-of-credit.

Counsel: IBLF, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111


July 28, 2008

Motion for Confidential Treatment

The information Baltia seeks is: account manager's name, loan account and file numbers of liquid assets underlying and supporting the Agreements increasing the Baltia line of credit. Additionally Baltia seeks to redact the rate of discount, interest and principal repayment stated on the Agreements establishing the increased line of credit.

Counsel: IBLF, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111



OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

October 13, 2008

Re: Supplemental Information and Documentation

  1. Complete Description of Stock Authorized
  2. Persons Holding or Potentially Holding an Interest
  3. Preferred Shares Authorized and Reports Distinguished
  4. Miscellaneous Information

Counsel: IBLA, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111



OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

October 14, 2008

Supplement - Revised Exhibits

Pages 7.1 and 7.2 did not come through when the Baltia shareholder list was faxed to The International Business Law Firm, PC. The shareholder list came through as pages numbered 001 through 006 and were filed as such as Exhibit 1, pages 7-14. This afternoon we realized that certain names were missing and then realized that the attached pages had never been received or filed by IBLF.

Counsel: IBLF, Steffanie Lewis



Order 2008-12-12
OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

Issued and Served December 19, 2008

Order to Show Cause - Bookmarked

By this order, we tentatively conclude that Baltia Air Lines, Inc. is a citizen of the United States, is fit, willing, and able to engage in foreign scheduled air transportation of persons, property, and mail, and should be issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing such operations, subject to conditions.

We direct all interested persons to show cause why we should not issue an order making final the tentative findings and conclusions stated above and award a certificate to Baltia Air Lines, Inc., authorizing it to engage in foreign scheduled air transportation of persons, property, and mail.

By: Michael Reynolds



OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

February 13, 2009

Re: Ex-Parte Letter to President of Baltia Airlines

Thank you for your letter of December 11, 2008, addressed to former Secretary Mary Peters, requesting expedited treatment of Baltia Airlines, Inc.'s application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing it to engage in foreign scheduled air transportation. Secretary Ray H. LaHood, who assumed the position of U.S. Secretary of Transportation on January 23, has asked that I respond to your letter directly.

I can assure you that, throughout this process, the Department has been working as expeditiously as possible to review all the evidentiary material filed on the record in the docket of this proceeding and to render a decision concerning Baltia's fitness to engage in foreign scheduled air transportation as a U.S. certificated air carrier. In this regard, on December 19, 2008, the Department issued a show cause order, Order 2008-12-12, tentatively finding Baltia Airlines fit to engage in foreign scheduled air transportation as a U.S. certificated air carrier. Interested parties were given 14 days following the issuance of the show cause order to file objections to the Department's tentative decision or until January 2, 2009. No objections were received to the show cause order tentatively finding Baltia fit.

At this point in the process, the Department prepares a final order. However, no final order granting international route authority may be publicly issued prior to undergoing Presidential review for foreign relations or national defense considerations pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 41307. This review may take up to 60 days to complete.

By: Susan McDermott



Order 2009-3-7
OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

Issued January 5, 2009 | Served March 10, 2009

Order Issuing Foreign Certificate

By Order 2008-12-12, issued December 19, 2008, we directed all interested persons to show cause why we should not make final our tentative findings and conclusions stated in it and award a certificate of public convenience and necessity to Baltia Air Lines, Inc., authorizing it to engage in foreign scheduled air transportation of persons, property, and mail between New York, New York, and St. Petersburg, Russia.

No objections to the show-cause order were received.

By: Michael Reynolds



OST-2009-0070 - Frequency Allocation - New York-St. Petersburg

March 15, 2009

Application for a Frequency Allocation

Baltia hereby applies for an allocation of one frequency under the US-Russia Air Services Agreement to operate one-weekly scheduled nonstop direct services between New York and St. Petersburg. Baltia will use B747-300 aircraft configured for three class service with 320 seats. Baltia has applied for slots at JFK under the following schedule:

Flt. #101-dep JFK 1600 Sat/arr LED 800 Sun
Flt. #102-dep LED 1100/arr JFK 1230 Monday (same day service)

Since October 6, 2007, all interested parties have been copied with numerous documents expressing Baltia's intent to operate one frequency There have been no objections to the allocation of one frequency, but some "no objections" were conditioned upon retention by the carrier of frequencies allocated for commencement pending codesharing operations. The condition was eliminated by the Memorandum of Consultation between the US and Russian authorities dated February 13, 2009 which allocated frequencies for codesharing only when a US airline lands its metal in Russia, and no such codesharing operations are proposed. Baltia's ability to seek Russian operational certification is stopped until the allocation is granted. The allocation of frequency under the ASA is a prerequisite to being designated.

Counsel: International Business Law Firm, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111



OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

March 18, 2009

Re: Polling Results

Baltia has completed its poll of carrier representatives in the attached service list for referenced motion, filed March 16, 2009. No carrier has an objection. Initially, United and Delta responded subject to usual conditions.

Baltia had not made its request subject to the “usual conditions” because a 90-day dormancy seemed to be implicit in Section 11 of Baltia’s DOT certificate which expired if not operational within one year. Thus, the 90-day dormancy condition would attach on September 30, 2009.

Baltia affirms that its service will commence on the day Baltia has Russian authority to land at St. Petersburg but not later than September 30, 2009. When given the explanation, both Delta and United expressed no objection.

Counsel: IBLF, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111



OST-2009-0070 - Frequency Allocation - New York-St. Petersburg

Issued March 15, 2009 | Issued March 20, 2009

Notice of Action Taken

Allocation of one weekly U.S.-Russia combination service frequency for scheduled foreign air transportation of persons, property and mail between New York, New York and St. Petersburg, Russia.

In submitting its polling results to the Department by letter dated March 18, 2009, Baltia states that it will institute its proposed service no later than September 30, 2009.

By: Paul Gretch



OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

December 22, 2009

Application to Extend Certificate of Convenience and Necessity and Renew One Round-Trip Weekly Frequency

Baltia Air Lines, Inc. requests that its Experimental Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for Foreign Air Transportation, Route 890, issued on January 5, 2009 be extended for eight-month and that Baltia be reissued one round trip weekly frequency between New York and St. Petersburg, Russia. Baltia had no control over the delay, but has been able to overcome the exigent circumstance.

During the first month of operations, Baltia will fly one round trip per week between New York and St. Petersburg. The single weekly frequency is designed to allow Baltia personnel time to work out any problems that may occur. Commencing June 2010, Baltia plans to increase frequencies to 3 round trips per week, pending frequency approval. Around March 1, 2010, Baltia plans to formally request 3 additional frequencies and will provide at that time the cash and cash equivalent sufficient to satisfy the frequency increase.

Counsel: International Business Law Firm, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111



OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

January 21, 2010

Re: DOT Request for Additional Information

  1. Line of Credit Clarification
  2. Third-Party Verification of Cash Deposits
  3. Current Compiled Balance Sheets and Income Statements
  4. Citizenship Questions
  5. Certification

By: Air Carrier Fitness Division, Damon Walker



OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg


February 4, 2010

Re: Additional Information Response

  1. Lines of Credit
  2. Third-Party Verification of Cash Deposits
  3. Balance Sheets and Income Statements
  4. Citizenship

By: IBLF, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111


February 4, 2010

Re: Request for Confidential Treatment

By: IBLF, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111



OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

March 9, 2010

Re: DOT Granting Extension

After reviewing the information you submitted in support of an extension and conferring with the FAA, we have concluded that there is good cause to grant your request for an extension. However, we feel that a more limited extension than requested is warranted. Thus, we will grant Baltia an additional six months, that is until September 9, 2010, to fulfill the conditions of Order 2009-3-7.

We remind Baltia that it is not our common practice to grant requests for extensions absent a clear expectation on our part that our actions in these matters will allow Baltia to commence operations as a certificated air carrier by September 9, 2010. If Baltia is not able to commence operations by that date, it may request a waiver of the requirements of section 204.7. However, Baltia should be aware that such waivers are not granted routinely, but only where "good cause" is shown.

By: Lauralyn Remo



OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg


March 13, 2010

Amended Application for a Frequency Allocation

Hereby applies for an allocation of one frequency under the U.S.- Russia Air Services Agreement to operate one weekly scheduled nonstop direct services between New York, N.Y., and St. Petersburg, Russia. Baltia asks that the requested allocation be expedited, effective immediately and remaining in effect for an indefinite period subject to the usual conditions but to become dormant six months from the date of issuance if Baltia’s operations are not utilizing that frequency.

Baltia particularly requests, and would be exceptionally grateful for, expedited treatment of this application, that it be granted without waiting the expiration of the 15-day answer period. Approximately ten weeks ago, in a combined poling of responses to Baltia’s request to extend Order 2009-3-7 and one weekly frequency, no carrier objected. Although United did not oppose, it did choose to make no response for reasons unrelated to the grant of an extension and for one weekly round-trip frequency.

Counsel: IBLF, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111


March 18, 2010

Re: Polling Results

Baltia has completed its poll of carrier representatives in the attached service list for referenced motion, filed March 16, 2009. No carrier has an objection. Initially, United and Delta responded subject to usual conditions.

Baltia had not made its request subject to the "usual conditions" because a 90-day dormancy seemed to be implicit in Section 11 of Baltia's DOT certificate which expired if not operational within one year. Thus, the 90-day dormancy condition would attach on September 30, 2009.

Baltia affirms that its service will commence on the day Baltia has Russian authority to land at St. Petersburg but not later than September 30, 2009. When given the explanation, both Delta and United expressed no objection.

Counsel: IBLF, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111



OST-2009-0070 - Frequency Allocation - New York-St. Petersburg

March 13, 2010

Amended Application for a Frequency Allocation

Baltia proposes to start weekly service between New York and St. Petersburg upon obtaining such service authority from the Russian Federation. Baltia will use its own B747 aircraft configured for three class service. Baltia has applied for slots at JFK for the following schedule:

FIt. #101-dep KJFK 1600 Sat/arr LED 800 Sun
FIt. #102-dep LED 1100/arr KJFK 1230 Monday (same day service)

Counsel: IBLF, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111



OST-2010-0145 - Exemption - One Weekly New York-Moscow Frequency Allocation

June 4, 2010

Application for Exemption and Allocation of One Frequency

Baltia seeks authority to serve between JFK International Airport, New York, and Moscow, Russia, nonstop using the its Boeing 747-200 N-705BL for one round trip per week to complement its JFK New York-St. Petersburg service. Baltia's Flight 201 expects to depart JFK at 16:00 and arrive in Moscow at 9:20 (+1). The return flight 202 expects to depart Moscow at 11:00 arriving New York at 1:30.

Due to slight certification delay, Baltia's launching schedule was pushed back. In surveying the market, travel agents and consolidators suggested that in servicing the public need, rather than increasing frequencies to St. Petersburg, it would be better to initiate service into Moscow so they might offer a roundtrip package for visitors who want to see both St. Petersburg and Moscow. Considering survey results, the delayed launch and North Atlantic seasonality, Baltia has decided to initiate weekly service to St. Petersburg and Moscow. Then, increase frequency as appropriate for the market.

Counsel: IBLF, Steffanie Lewis, 202-299-1111



OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

August 13, 2010

Application for Waiver of Provisions of 14 CFR 204.7

The Department found Baltia fit by Order 2009-3-7, effective March 9, 2009 and, on March 9, 2010, granted Baltia an extension until September 9, 2010 to make its authority effective and commence flight operations. If Baltia were not able to commence operations by that date, the Department granted Bal tia the opportunity to request a waiver of the requirements of Section 204.7.

Bal tia is aware that the Section 204.7 waiver is not granted routinely, but only where "good cause" is shown.

As evidence of "good cause" Baltia incorporates by reference all the documents submitted in OST-2010-0145 which evidence Baltia's current fitness. Pursuant to the current effective FAA Schedule of Events, Baltia is scheduled to complete FAA certification on December 20, 2010. As the FAA Air Carrier Certification is the last step prior to commencing operations, Baltia plans to initiate its service the following week.

In the event that an unforeseen event occurs, Baltia seeks a six-month waiver.

Counsel: IBLF, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111



OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

March 9, 2011

Application for Waiver of Dormancy and Request to File Out of Time

Baltia Air Lines, Inc. requests a waiver from the revocation for dormancy provisions of Section 204.7 and requests leave to file on September 9, 2010, as the Department's letter was misread as filing on or before September 9, 2010. In fact, the letter read that fees and waiver request were to be received before September 9, 2010.

Baltia continues to have the key management personnel required by the Federal Aviation Administration and access to financial resources sufficient to meet the Department's fitness requirements. It has purchased a second Boeing 747-200 and is making progress and actively participating in the FAA Certification process. Operational Specifications will be issued concurrently with the FAA Air Carrier Certificate.

Counsel: IBLF, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111


OST-2009-0070 - Frequency Allocation - New York-St. Petersburg

Filed March 13, 2010 | Issued May 13, 2010

Notice of Action Taken

Allocation of one weekly US-Russia combination service frequency for scheduled foreign air transportation of persons, property and mail between New York, New York and St. Petersburg, Russia.

By Notice of Action Taken dated March 20, 2009 in the instant Docket, the Department previously allocated to Baltia one weekly US-Russia combination service frequency for New York-St. Petersburg service. Baltia did not inaugurate service before the stated start-up deadline; therefore, that frequency automatically reverted to the Department.

By: Paul Gretch



OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

March 14, 2011

Supplement to Application for Waiver of Dormancy and Request to File Out of Time

  1. HSBC Letter by VP and Branch Manager dated March 10, 2011
  2. D. Lipton Verification Letter
  3. Certification Costs Remaining

Counsel: IBLF, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111



OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

April 22, 2011

Additional Information Response

Revised balance sheets and operating forecasts

Counsel: Baltia, Steffanie Lewis



OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

June 2, 2011

Additional Information Response

Motion for Confidential Treatment

Counsel: Baltia, Steffanie Lewis


 

OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

April 6, 2012

Request for Expedited Certification

Baltia has been in certification for over three years, a process that prior to the new certification system took around a year. I am writing to request your support in expediting our certification. The issues raised in this letter cannot be resolved at the FSDO or the AFS 900 levels alone.

Much time has been spent unproductively just waiting, and millions of dollars have been spent to sustain the process. There is a lack of consideration for our time and capital. Our B747 is sitting idle after heavy maintenance. We have been able to stay the course financially because we own our aircraft and we are fortunate to have a dedicated staff and an investor base committed to our success. This cannot go on indefinitely.

By: Igor Dmitrowsky


 

December 10, 2012

DOT Request for Evidence of Fitness

Although we have granted Baltia several waivers from the provisions of section 204.7 to permit it additional time to obtain the required FAA authority necessary to commence operations, the air carrier has not yet fulfilled the conditions imposed by Order 2009-3-7 to have its authority made effective. Furthermore, while we continue to assess the merits of Baltia's most recent request for a waiver from the revocation-for-dormancy provisions of section 204.7, it does not appear that the air carrier is making sufficient progress in obtaining the required FAA authority. In fact, after consulting with the FAA, we leaIl1ed that per Baltia's request, the air carrier's Part 121 certification process was terminated on October 22, 2012. In addition, Baltia's most recent 10-Q report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission indicates that the air carrier's cash accounts have significantly decreased since the air carrier was initially found fit.

Based on the circumstances noted above, it does not appear that Baltia is close to commencing operations. However, we are willing to give Baltia an opportunity to address the aforementioned issues and confirm that it has made substantial progress towards obtaining FAA certification. If Baltia is unable demonstrate its fitness or that it has made substantial progress with the FAA certification within 30 days of the date of this letter, we intend to proceed with the revocation of the company's certificate authority for reason of dormancy.

By: Lauralyn Remo


 

December 14, 2012

Procedural Move Reply

Baltia Air Lines, Inc. is currently in FAA Air Carrier Certification at the East Michigan Flight Standards District Office.

Baltia withdrew its application from the New York FSDO on October 15 and filed its application at the East Michigan FSDO on October 17.  The move to the East Michigan FSDO has not diminished Baltia’s FAA certification progress.   Under the East Michigan FSDO, Baltia remains under the same FAA Certification Standardization and Evaluation Team.

Among the reasons for moving the certification to East Michigan FSDO were operational considerations.  Baltia’s aircraft maintenance is performed at Kalitta Maintenance facility in Oscoda, Michigan, and Baltia will be training its crew members and dispatchers at Kalitta Air facilities at Willow Run Airport. Both of these major activities will be under the East Michigan FSDO’s oversight.

This communication is sent to inform the Department of Baltia’s procedural move.  A formal response to your letter of December 10, 2012, will follow.

Counsel: Baltia, Steffanie Lewis


 

OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

January 9, 2013

Supplemental Response

Motion to Withhold from Public Disclosure

Baltia was found fit, willing, and able to engage in foreign scheduled air transportation, subject to certain conditions, on March 10, 2009. Since the time this fitness order was issued, Baltia continued to progress on its plan to initiate flight operations, including completing all necessary documentation, obtaining the necessary FAA authority, and preparing for crewmember training and aircraft maintenance and safety conformity. Baltia has necessary personnel, documentation, and it is well in progress of obtaining the FAA authority.

Prior to the transition to the EMI-FSDO, Baltia spent its cash on overhead costs, which are reflected in the company's financial reports, including the third quarter report referenced in your letter dated December 10, 2012. During that time Baltia used its time and finances to expand and support New York offices, set up office in Michigan, conduct aircraft maintenance, design, develop and construct the air carrier's bases of operations, and support all office staff to date.

In preparation for the certification process at the EMI FSDO and upcoming crewmember
training, Baltia has cash on its accounts of $560,721. In addition; the company's shareholder base continues to provide working capital. In its request for dormancy waiver, Baltia submitted lines of credit equal to or greater than X operating expenses assuming zero revenue. To this date, the submitted credit lines remain unused.

Counsel: Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111


 

OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

April 10, 2013

Certification Project Team Evaluation

This letter is to infonn Baltia Air Lines of the results of the Certification Project Team evaluation of the Formal Application Package and Fonnal Application Meeting that was conducted on March 28, 2013, and on April 10, 2013, at the East Michigan Flight Standards District Office, The meeting agenda, guidance, and evaluation standards were drafted from 8900.1 Volume 10 Chapter 6 sec 2, These meetings and package were found to be satisfactory to continue towards certification.

By: Dana Carver


 

OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

November 20, 2013

Supplement Letter

This letter supplements Bahia's letter of January 9, 2013 regarding progress in our FAA certification.

Please be advised that on November 11, 2013, Baltia Air Lines began training of the initial cadre of pilots and check airmen through KIFA flight academy at the Willow Run Airport, Michigan. The training curriculum consists of non-aircraft specific courses, aircraft specific courses and Boeing 747 simulator sessions. In Baltia' s FAA certification, the mini-evacuation test and the proving flights will follow.

Counsel: Baltia, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111


 

OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

October 24, 2014

FAA Certification Update

This letter supplements Baltia's letter of November 20, 2013 regarding progress in the Company's FAA certification.

Please be advised that on October 10, 2014, Baltia Air Lines passed Gate Two and moved into phase three of FAA Certification. Phase three consists of the Table Top Exercise, Mini-Evacuation Demonstration, and Proving Flights.

October 23,2014, the C4 Check was completed and Baltia's B747 Aircraft passed inspection. The C4 check, sometimes referred to as a D Check, occurs every six years and involves structural and systems testing using X-ray, ultrasound and other methods.

Counsel: Baltia, Steffanie Lewis, 202-296-1111


 

OST-2007-0007 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - New York-St. Petersburg

October 28, 2014

Aircraft Conformity Results

In response to your request for aircraft conformity towards initial certification, Baltia Certification management team conducted a records review and physical inspection of aircraft N706BL from October 20-23, 2014. This review and sampling inspection of the aircraft and Baltia's documents was accomplished using the FAA guidance 8900.1 Volume 10, Chapter 6, Section 3 checklists, references within this guidance, CFR Title 14 regulations, BITA manual system, and manufacturer's manuals. The conformity inspection is conducted to ensure that the state and condition of the aircraft meets the airworthiness certificate requirements.

The outcome of the conformity inspection has resulted in findings and concerns that will need correcting on the aircraft, producing substantiating documentation/records and manual connections as applicable. The confo1mity inspection will be considered open until the corrections are verified by the CMT which may require additional inspection and sampling on the aircraft. Baltia is advised to conduct a thorough review of findings and manual changes, to determine any additional training required due to differences identified. Attached is a list of findings and concerns. Note: This list may not be all inclusive.

November 19, 2014 Update

This letter is to inform Baltia Air Lines, Inc. of the results of the Certification Project Team evaluation of Tabletop Exercises that were held at Willow Run Airport Facility November 18, 2014. The guidance and evaluation standards were drafted from 8900.1 Volume 10 Chapter 6 sec 2 para 10-439, Volume 3 Chapter 29 Section 5 and Section 8 Para 3-2442.

The results were determined to be satisfactory. During the course of the exercise some concerns were identified and should be corrected or clarified in Baltia's procedures prior to Proving and Validation flights. Please contact this office to schedule a meeting with the applicable members of the CMT.

By: Dana Carver



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