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What Is A Foreign Air Carrier Permit?

Tue May 15, 2007 9:48 pm

What is a foreign air carrier permit. ET was recently given this permit. Does it mean they have 5th freedom rights on the FCO-IAD route? What previlages does it give ET. Ethiopia and the US have an open skies agreement in place.
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RE: What Is A Foreign Air Carrier Permit?

Wed May 16, 2007 10:29 am

The following text does state that ET is authorized to carry pax from intermediate points.


Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise
A Flag Carrier of Ethiopia
is authorized, subject to the following provisions, the provisions of Title 49 of the U.S. Code,
and the orders, rules, and regulations of the Department of Transportation, to engage in
scheduled foreign air transportation as follows:
A. Of persons, property and mail (combination services):
from points behind Ethiopia via Ethiopia and intermediate points to a point or points in
the United States and beyond.

B. Of property and mail (all-cargo services):
between the United States and any point or points.
The holder shall also be authorized to engage in charter trips in foreign air transportation, subject
to the terms, conditions, and limitations of the Department’s regulations governing charters.
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RE: What Is A Foreign Air Carrier Permit?

Wed May 16, 2007 11:54 am

Prior to approving the Foreign Air Carrier Permit, ET service to the US was based on what is known as an "Exemption" which had to be renewed every year. That was because there was no USA-Ethiopia air services agreement in effect when ET first applied to operate to the US in 1998, but the service was approved anyway under Exemption Authority.

When an air services agreement (open skies) was signed 3 years ago, ET applied for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit to replace the previous Exemption authority and avoid all the red tape of annual renewals etc. Not sure why it took so long to finally approve the final Permit since the open skies agreement was signed exactly 3 years ago, May 17, 2005.

You'll find all the related documents in the US DOT docket website. Docket numbers 3727 and 4345.