upsmd11 From United States of America, joined May 2003, 823 posts, RR: 4 Posted (2 years 9 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2889 times:
Has anybody had luck in getting an American airline to pay compensation for a severely delayed flight under the EU 261/2004 rule? I know it's not fully in force but it seems like it is about to be and airlines could be subject to payments of all claims within the appeals timeframe.
We were delayed over 7 hours yesterday and feel this would be a good deal to get the compensation.
Not sure what you mean by this - there has been some 'difference of interpretation' over whether delays are covered in the same way as cancellations but this was recently clarified by the Court of Justice of the European Union who have confirmed that long delays are treated in a similar way to cancellations.
US carriers are covered for flights to/from the EU just the same as anyone else. Delays due to 'extraordinary circumstances' are not covered though, so as michman is probably suggesting if it is related to Hurricane Sandy the airline will not be liable for compensation.
You don't say which EU country you were flying from, but the CAA's guidance may help.