cedarjet wrote:A little bit of small print ain’t much. EasyJet are moving their entire fleet from the G- reg to the OE- reg, that’s a pretty big step!
They're moving a large part of their fleet to Austrian registry and an Austrian AOC, but not all of it.
The logic is : if there's a settlement that effectively means no change for aviation, they've incurred some admin charges in reflagging part of the fleet,.but that's all.
if there's no settlement at all, they can continue to fly their G registered planes on UK domestics and on routes from the UK to places covered by UK- destination country bilaterals rather than by ECAA membership, and their OE registered planes on any other route that doesn't go to the UK
if a compromise settlement is reached (most likely) they have considerable flexibility in how they continue to operate their network, depending on the exact terms.
The key issue in all of this is that in aviation most bookings open between 364 days and about 6 months before departure, depending on airline, though some Summer 2019 flights are already on sale. As a result it is really important to airlines and their customers the general public to know what the new rules are going to be right now, or more and more bookings are going to be "provisional".
I've yet to see any evidence that the UK started any kind of serious planning for this more than a very few months ago, or that the EU negotiators have done any more than sit back with big smirks on their faces. No politicians anywhere seem to care at all.