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Order 2007-10-30 - Alitalia - Granting Exemption and to Show Cause (US-EU)
Alitalia Linee Aeree Italiane S.p.A.
Issued and Served October 25, 2007
We will grant Alitalia exemption authority to the extent necessary to permit it (1) immediately to accept payments, issue tickets, and enter into charter contracts, and (2) effective March 30, 2008 (the date for provisional application of the U.S.-EU Agreement), to commence flight operations, for the services set forth in ordering paragraph 1 below. We will tentatively grant Alitalia a foreign air carrier permit for these services, to be effective March 30, 2008.
As an additional matter, Alitalia has requested that we grant it, in addition to authority currently contained in the U.S.-EU Agreement, authority to conduct transportation authorized by any additional route rights made available to European Union carriers in the future. We are granting Alitalia's request for this authority by exemption (and tentatively granting it by foreign air carrier permit). We are, however, requiring Alitalia, before it commences any new service under this authority, to provide us with evidence that it holds a homeland license for that new service, unless it has already provided such evidence.
Our action allowing Alitalia to accept payments, issue tickets, and enter into charter contracts now, in anticipation of the effective date of the U.S-EU Agreement, will place the carrier on an equal footing with U.S. carriers holding blanket Open Skies authority, which we have allowed to accept payments and issue tickets for services to points in the European Union. See Notice dated May 1, 2007, "In the Matter of Blanket Open-Skies Certificate Authority." See also Order 2007-6-19, where we granted this authority to British Airways Plc.
By: Paul Gretch