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Application Procedures For Foreign Air Carriers Of The European Union

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By an exchange of letters completed January 12, 2009, the U.S.-EU Joint Committee adopted procedures for the reciprocal recognition of regulatory determinations with regard to airline
fitness and citizenship.

Under these procedures (a copy of which is attached), aeronautical authorities of the United States and of the Member States of the European Union (Member States) recognize fitness and/or citizenship determinations made by the other with respect to its air carriers. Under this arrangement, the U.S. Department of Transportation uses determinations made by aeronautical authorities of Member States on the fitness and citizenship of their air carriers, rather than basing these findings on detailed evidentiary submissions filed by applicant EU air carriers under 14 CFR Part 211 of the Department’s rules.

EU air carriers licensed by their homelands to serve the United States may file abbreviated applications for foreign air carrier permit and/or exemption authority under 49 U.S.C. 41301 and/or 40109, as applicable. The applicant EU carriers are relieved from complying with those provisions of 14 CFR §211.20 (and of 14 CFR §302.202) of the Department’s regulations that require the filing of information normally used in the Department’s determination of fitness and citizenship.

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