Should BA Allowed To Wet Lease Non-EEA Registered Aircraft With Crews From Qatar Airways (Again)? Send Your Comments To CAA!

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Flight Global was reporting earlier today (access here) that British Airways had filed an application with the CAA to wet lease three Airbus A330 aircraft from Qatar Airways with crews for June 1 – September 30, 2018-period.

Qatar Airways A330

BA had similar arrangement with Qatar Airways while back when its Mixed Fleet flight attendants were striking and several single aisle planes from Doha were brought in to operate short-haul flights.

Here’s the relevant text of the application:

A Wet leases by UK operators of aircraft registered outside the EEA

Requests by UK Operating Licence and Air Transport Licence holders

British Airways Plc applied on 4 May 2018 to wet lease three Qatar registered Airbus A330 aircraft, registrations to be confirmed, between 1 June and 30 September 2018 inclusive.

This application has been made on the grounds that the lease is justified on the basis of exceptional needs (Article 13(3)(b)(i) of Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008) to enable British Airways to support passenger operations due to the impact of aircraft availability within its own fleet as a result of issues surrounding the Rolls Royce Trent 1000 Package C engine.

Any comments on this application should be sent in writing, within 10 working days, of this notice to:

Airline Licensing

Consumer & Markets Group

Civil Aviation Authority

CAA House, 45-59 Kingsway

London WC2B 6TE

Tel: 020 7453 6233

E-mail: airlinelicensing@caa.co.uk

Here’s the CAA publication:

Download (PDF, 66KB)

Conclusion

Not sure why they would need to bring aircraft and crews outside of the EEA (European Economic Area) to operate these flights when there is charter capacity readily available for BA’s needs?

I am sure that these charter shops won’t comment because BA is their client but hopefully others would.

It is Qatar Airways best interest to get the least expensive planes with crews to British Airways as they own more than 20% of its parent (IAG). Qatar Airways also has some excess capacity at the moment due to the blockage and surely they are happy to lend planes and crews….

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