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Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2215 of 30 November 2017 amending Regulation (EC) No 474/2006 as regards the list of air carriers which are banned from operating or are subject to operational restrictions within the Union (Text with EEA relevance. )

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2.12.2017   

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Official Journal of the European Union

L 318/1


COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2017/2215

of 30 November 2017

amending Regulation (EC) No 474/2006 as regards the list of air carriers which are banned from operating or are subject to operational restrictions within the Union

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 December 2005 on the establishment of a Community list of air carriers subject to an operating ban within the Community and on informing air passengers of the identity of the operating carrier, and repealing Article 9 of Directive 2004/36/EC (1), and in particular Article 4(2) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Commission Regulation (EC) No 474/2006 (2) established the list of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the Union, referred to in Chapter II of Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005.

(2)

In accordance with Article 4(3) of Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005, certain Member States and the European Aviation Safety Agency (‘EASA’) communicated to the Commission information that is relevant in the context of updating that list. Relevant information was also communicated by third countries and international organisations. On the basis of that information, the list should be updated.

(3)

The Commission informed all air carriers concerned, either directly or through the authorities responsible for their regulatory oversight, about the essential facts and considerations which would form the basis for a decision to impose an operating ban on them within the Union or to modify the conditions of an operating ban imposed on an air carrier which is included in the list.

(4)

The Commission gave the air carriers concerned the opportunity to consult the documents provided by the Member States, to submit written comments and to make an oral presentation to the Commission and to the Committee established by Council Regulation (EEC) No 3922/91 (3) (the ‘Air Safety Committee’).

(5)

The Commission has updated the Air Safety Committee on the on-going joint consultations, in the framework of Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005 and Commission Regulation (EC) No 473/2006 (4), with the competent authorities and air carriers of Equatorial Guinea, Nepal, Nigeria, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Thailand,Ukraine and Venezuela. The Commission also provided information to the Air Safety Committee on the aviation safety situation in Afghanistan, Bolivia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Libya, Moldova, Mozambique and Zambia, and on technical consultations with Russia.

(6)

EASA presented to the Commission and the Air Safety Committee the results of the analysis of audit reports carried out by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (‘ICAO’) in the framework of ICAO's Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme. In this context, Member States were invited to prioritise ramp inspections on air carriers certified by third countries in respect of which Significant Safety Concerns have been identified by ICAO or in respect of which EASA concluded that there are significant deficiencies in the safety oversight system. In addition to the consultations undertaken by the Commission pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005, the prioritisation of ramp inspections will allow for the acquisition of further information regarding the safety performance of the air carriers certified in those third countries.

(7)

EASA also informed the Commission and the Air Safety Committee of the results of the analysis of ramp inspections carried out under the Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft programme (‘SAFA’) in accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 (5).

(8)

In addition, EASA informed the Commission and the Air Safety Committee about the technical assistance projects carried out in third countries affected by measures or monitoring pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005. It provided information on the plans and requests for further technical assistance and cooperation to improve the administrative and technical capability of civil aviation authorities, with a view to helping resolve any non-compliance with applicable international civil aviation standards. Member States were invited to respond to such requests on a bilateral basis, in coordination with the Commission and EASA. In this regard, the Commission reiterated the usefulness of providing information to the international aviation community, particularly through ICAO's Safety Collaborative Assistance Network (‘SCAN’) database, on technical assistance provided by the Union and its Member States to improve aviation safety around the world.

(9)

Eurocontrol provided the Commission and the Air Safety Committee with an update on the status of the SAFA alarming function and provided current statistics for alert messages for banned air carriers.

Union air carriers

(10)

Following the analysis by EASA of information resulting from ramp inspections carried out on the aircraft of Union air carriers and from standardisation inspections carried out by EASA, as well as specific inspections and audits carried out by national aviation authorities, several Member States have taken certain enforcement measures and informed the Commission and the Air Safety Committee about those measures.

(11)

Member States reiterated their readiness to act as necessary should any relevant safety information indicate that there are imminent safety risks as a consequence of a lack of compliance by Union air carriers with the appropriate safety standards.

Air carriers from Equatorial Guinea

(12)

On 7 June 2017, representatives of the Commission and EASA met with representatives of the Autoridad Aeronautica de Guinea Ecuatorial (‘AAGE’). The purpose of that meeting was to continue with the consultations since the latest meeting in 2013. The AAGE informed the Commission and EASA about actions taken to improve compliance with the ICAO requirements for a safety oversight system and also highlighted political efforts to implement reforms.

(13)

During the meeting of 7 June 2017, the AAGE recognised that air carriers from Equatorial Guinea had not been certified in accordance with ICAO requirements in the past. For that reason, the AAGE revoked the certificates of several air carriers certified in the country and proceeded with the new five phase certification process for the remaining air carriers. The AAGE also provided information on its staff planning and recruitment, aircraft registry, re-certification programme of air carriers and safety oversight programme.

(14)

As observed in the context of the ICAO audit of February 2017, the AAGE achieved a rate of effective implementation of international aviation safety standards of 62,5 %, up from around 10 % in the past.

(15)

From 16 to 20 October 2017, a Union on-site assessment visit was conducted in Equatorial Guinea. Experts from the Commission, EASA and Member States participated in that visit. During that visit, the work of the AAGE was assessed, which was verified through visits to the two active air carriers certified in Equatorial Guinea. It was found that the organisational structure of AAGE, which is a recently established independent and autonomous civil aviation authority which started its safety oversight activities in 2012, is appropriate for the level of aviation activities in Equatorial Guinea. It was also found that all areas of civil aviation are covered by the AAGE and that it has its own budget and resources. However, it was observed that the AAGE needs appropriately qualified inspectors, especially in the flight operations area and including with regard to commercial air transport, in order to perform proper and effective safety oversight of the air carriers certified in Equatorial Guinea.

(16)

The visit showed that a comprehensive regulatory system has been established in Equatorial Guinea. The AAGE is working on updates of regulations to remain in accordance with the latest developments in international aviation safety standards. However, the AAGE relies to a large extent on the certificates, licenses and authorisations that other authorities and organisations have issued, without verification by the AAGE itself, whereas such own verification is an essential part of the safety oversight tasks of the AAGE. Accordingly, this verification process should be included in the procedures of the AAGE and should be properly implemented.

(17)

The AAGE showed during the visit that there are currently only two air carriers certified in Equatorial Guinea, namely CEIBA Intercontinental and Cronos Airlines. The air operator certificates for the air carriers Punto Azul and Tango Airways have been revoked.

(18)

During the visit to CEIBA Intercontinental, as part of the Union on-site assessment visit, it was observed that it is still operating under an old air operator certificate and has only progressed to phase two of the contemporary five phase air operator certification procedure. CEIBA Intercontinental is currently undergoing many changes, leading to a lack of updates and approvals of essential flight operation and maintenance manuals and other documentation. Furthermore, those manuals and documentation are not yet customised to the operations and the aircraft of the air carrier. Its safety management system is under development and the air carrier still has to incorporate a meaningful risk analysis. Its safety policies are drafted and established, but not clearly and widely communicated within its organisation. Its quality system also needs further development.

(19)

The visit to air carrier Cronos Airlines showed that it is aware of the applicable regulations in Equatorial Guinea and it is making efforts to implement those aviation standards. It has successfully passed the contemporary five phase air operator certification procedure. Its air operator certificate was renewed in January 2017. However, it was observed that several manuals had not been customised to its actual operations and that its quality system is not fully developed. Furthermore, it was found that the safety management system of Cronos Airlines is still under development and is currently in phase two of the four phases of the implementation of a safety management system. Safety policies have been drafted and established and are also clearly and widely communicated within the organisation. It has voluntarily entered into a flight data monitoring programme for its aircraft.

(20)

The AAGE, CEIBA Intercontinental and Cronos Airlines were heard on 14 November 2017 by the Commission and the Air Safety Committee in accordance with Article 7 of Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005. During that hearing, the representative of the government of Equatorial Guinea expressed the strong commitment by the government to further improve the safety of air transport in Equatorial Guinea in order to provide for good domestic and regional connectivity. During the hearing, the AAGE provided information on the corrective actions that are put in place in order to resolve the observations that were raised during the Union on-site assessment visit. The time frame to implement those corrective actions is estimated by the AAGE at one year.

(21)

The information provided by CEIBA Intercontinental during the hearing on the corrective action plan for the resolution of the observations that were raised during the Union on-site assessment visit did not show that the air carrier had performed a root-cause analysis and indicated that only immediate corrective actions were put in place, without long term preventive measures.

(22)

As regards Cronos Airlines, during the hearing it provided information on the corrective actions in order to address the observations that were raised during the Union on-site assessment visit, indicating that it had carried out a root cause analysis, immediate corrective actions as well as actions to prevent reoccurrence of the issues identified.

(23)

On the basis of all available information, including the results of the Union on-site assessment visit and the information provided during the hearing on 14 November 2017, it is considered that, while the AAGE has made considerable improvements to the aviation safety oversight system of Equatorial Guinea, important deficiencies in the safety oversight system in Equatorial Guinea remain. It is assessed that the AAGE does not yet have the ability to fully discharge its responsibilities with respect to the oversight of air carriers certified in Equatorial Guinea. This is demonstrated by the fact that air carriers are certified and safety oversight is performed without the required appropriately qualified inspectors and by the fact that a number of the observations that were raised during the Union on-site assessment visit had not been identified by the AAGE itself during its certification and oversight activities. Therefore, there is at present insufficient evidence to support a decision to annul or amend the operating ban of all the air carriers certified in Equatorial Guinea. However, given that their air operator certificates have been revoked, Punto Azul and Tango Airways should be removed from the list of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban.

(24)

In accordance with the common criteria set out in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005, it is therefore considered that the list of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the Union should be amended to remove the air carriers Punto Azul and Tango Airways from Annex A to Regulation (EC) No 474/2006.

Air carriers from Nepal

(25)

On 5 March 2017, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (‘CAAN’) wrote a letter to the Commission, which included information on the current status of the safety oversight system in Nepal. Following the recertification in 2015 of all air carriers in Nepal, the CAAN repeated this exercise in 2016 with the assistance of ICAO, in order to revalidate the air operator certificates once more.

(26)

On 13 March 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal submitted to the Union Delegation in Kathmandu, Nepal, additional documentation which outlined the progress and included an extract of the report of the ICAO Combined Action Team mission report to Nepal. In the operations and airworthiness domains, the ICAO Combined Action Team made a number of observations. Those observations repeated observations that were made during earlier visits, including the Union on-site assessment visit of February 2014 and a Union technical assistance mission of October 2015. In light of that information, the Commission requested on 4 July 2017 additional information from the CAAN.

(27)

ICAO performed an ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission in Nepal from 4 to 11 July 2017. Based on the results of this mission, ICAO announced on 27 July 2017 that the Significant Safety Concern on the certification of air carriers was resolved by the competent authorities of Nepal.

(28)

On 3 August 2017, the CAAN provided the information requested by the Commission. It provided, inter alia, information on the holders of air operator certificates, the results of safety oversight activities, the aircraft registered in Nepal, accidents and serious incidents, enforcement actions, the organisation and regulations and technical assistance activities in Nepal. However, the CAAN did not provide any follow-up to the recommendations in the published accident investigation reports.

(29)

On 7 November 2017, the CAAN provided the final report of the ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission of 4 to 11 July 2017, indicating an increased effective implementation rate of international aviation safety standards to 66 %. However, that report also shows that further improvements are needed with respect to qualified technical personnel and the resolution of safety concerns. The area of personnel licensing of flight crew was not reviewed by ICAO, whereas that area was one of the concerns after the Union on-site assessment visit of February 2014.

(30)

On the basis of the information available at present, it appears that, although the CAAN has made a certain degree of progress with respect to the implementation of international aviation safety standards, the aviation safety oversight system of Nepal is still insufficient, also demonstrated by the fact that there is a lack of effective action as a follow-up to accidents, including fatal accidents that took place in recent years in order to prevent re-occurrence.

(31)

In accordance with the common criteria set out in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005, it is therefore considered that at this stage there are no grounds for amending the list of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the Union with respect to air carriers from Nepal.

Air carriers from Nigeria

(32)

The Commission, with the support of EASA, continues to closely monitor the safety performance of air carriers certified in Nigeria. In its letters of 15 May and 20 June 2017 the Commission underlined the need for the Civil Aviation Authority of Nigeria (‘NCAA’) to closely follow any applications made by air carriers certified in Nigeria for Third Country Operator (‘TCO’) authorisations by EASA.

(33)

By letter of 30 May 2017, the NCAA informed the Commission on its intention to conduct an extensive audit of the operations of the air carrier Med-View Airline, registered in Nigeria, as well as the actions the NCAA adopted with regards to other Nigerian air carriers.

(34)

By letter of 10 October 2017, the Commission underlined that these activities are insufficient in view of the applicable requirements and the expected growth of the aviation activities in Nigeria. It informed the NCAA that consultations were opened, pursuant to Article 3(2) of Regulation (EC) No 473/2006.

(35)

On 30 October 2017, representatives of the Commission and EASA met with senior representatives of the NCAA for a technical consultation meeting. The purpose of that meeting was for the NCAA to explain the corrective and preventive measures taken by the NCAA with respect to Med-View Airline and the other air carriers certified in Nigeria. The NCAA's presentation during that meeting was supported by evidence that showed a certain improvement of the safety oversight of the air carriers for which the Nigerian authorities are responsible under the applicable international regulations.

(36)

During the meeting, the NCAA informed the Commission and EASA about actions taken to improve compliance with the ICAO requirements for a safety oversight system. It also provided information on the audit conducted on Med-View Airline and on other air carriers registered in Nigeria, namely Arik Air, Air Peace and Kabo Air, as well as on the NCAA's staff numbers, the training and qualification of its inspectors and its safety oversight programme. The NCAA has established and is implementing a flight operations and airworthiness surveillance programme to ensure continued compliance with the regulations. Nigeria is in the process of implementing its State Safety Programme and is planning to reach full implementation thereof by the end of 2018.

(37)

The information currently available, including the information provided by the NCAA at the meeting of 30 October 2017, provides indications that improvements to the safety oversight system in Nigeria are underway. It is indeed clear that such improvements remain of key importance. This is notably the case in relation to the awareness of the NCAA of the planned activities of the air carriers under its supervision, as well as the actual effective implementation of its safety oversight programme, including the management of findings. On 1 November 2017, the Commission requested additional information in this respect. In addition, the Commission invited the NCAA to discourage Nigerian air operators to apply for a TCO authorisation to EASA until they are fully confident that these operators comply with the applicable international aviation safety standards.

(38)

In accordance with the common criteria set out in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005, it is therefore considered that at this stage there are no grounds for amending the list of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the Union with respect to air carriers from Nigeria.

(39)

Should any relevant safety information indicate that there are imminent safety risks as a consequence of a lack of compliance with international aviation safety standards, the Commission may be obliged to take further action pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005.

Air carriers from Russia

(40)

The Commission, EASA and the competent authorities of the Member States continue to closely monitor the safety performance of air carriers certified in Russia and operating within the Union, including through the prioritisation of ramp inspections to be carried out on certain Russian air carriers in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 965/2012.

(41)

On 20 October 2017, representatives of the Commission and EASA met with representatives of the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (‘FATA’). The purpose of that meeting was to review the safety performance of air carriers certified in Russia on the basis of ramp inspection reports for the period between 6 October 2016 and 5 October 2017 and to identify cases where oversight activities carried out by the FATA could be strengthened.

(42)

During that meeting, the Commission reviewed the SAFA ramp inspection results of four air carriers certified in Russia in more detail. While no safety concerns were identified, the FATA informed the Commission of its safety oversight activities on those air carriers.

(43)

Based on the information currently available, including the information provided by the FATA at the technical consultation meeting of 20 October 2017, it is considered that there is no lack of ability nor a lack of willingness on the part of the FATA to address safety deficiencies of air carriers certified in Russia. On those grounds, the Commission concluded that a hearing before the Commission and the Air Safety Committee of the Russian aviation authorities or of any air carriers certified in Russia was not necessary.

(44)

In accordance with the common criteria set out in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005, it is therefore considered that at this stage there are no grounds for amending the list of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the Union to include air carriers from Russia.

(45)

Member States are to continue to verify effective compliance with international aviation safety standards by the air carriers from Russia, through the prioritisation of ramp inspections in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 965/2012.

(46)

Should those inspections point to an imminent safety risk as a consequence of non-compliance with the relevant safety standards, the Commission may be obliged to take action against air carriers from Russia pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005.

Air carriers from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

(47)

On 2 February 2017, the air carrier Mustique Airways, certified in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, re-applied to EASA for a TCO authorisation. This re-application followed an earlier application for a TCO authorisation which had been refused by EASA on safety grounds. EASA assessed this new application in accordance with the requirements of Commission Regulation (EU) No 452/2014 (6).

(48)

The corrective action plans to address the findings of EASA in relation to the TCO authorisation application of Mustique Airways were found acceptable by EASA and it decided to continue the assessment of the application until all findings were closed. On 11 September 2017, EASA informed the Commission on the closure of the last of the mentioned findings and the fact that, accordingly, EASA would be in a position to issue the authorisation if the air carrier were to be removed from the Air Safety List.

(49)

In light of that information, the Commission invited Mustique Airways for a hearing in order for Mustique Airways to present the corrective actions put in place and provide information on the measures it has taken in order to prevent that the safety deficiencies identified by EASA during its TCO authorisation assessment would reappear. On 14 November 2017, Mustique Airways presented to the Commission and the Air Safety Committee those corrective actions. They consist of significant changes in the organisation and implementation of a safety management system, supported by a new web-based tool and a new safety policy, in order for Mustique Airways to address the root-causes of the deficiencies and prevent their reappearance.

(50)

During the hearing Mustique Airways also provided information on a number of measures it took to implement an aviation safety culture within its organisation. Those measures include regular safety meetings at both management and staff levels in order for Mustique Airways to increase the level of safety awareness of its staff and improve the level of reporting on safety occurrences.

(51)

On the basis of all information available at present, including the assessment conducted by EASA and the information provided during the hearing, it should be concluded that Mustique Airways has resolved the identified safety deficiencies and that Mustique Airways is capable of addressing safety deficiencies which could arise.

(52)

In accordance with the common criteria set out in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005, it is therefore assessed that the list of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the Union should be amended to remove the air carrier Mustique Airways from Annex A to Regulation (EC) No 474/2006.

(53)

Member States are to continue to verify effective compliance with relevant safety standards through the prioritisation of ramp inspections to be carried out on air carriers certified in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 965/2012.

(54)

Should any relevant safety information indicate that there are imminent safety risks as a consequence of a lack of compliance with international aviation safety standards, the Commission may be obliged to take further action pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005.

Air carriers from Thailand

(55)

From 20 to 27 September 2017, ICAO performed an ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission in Thailand in order to review the protocol questions that were the basis for the Significant Safety Concern in Thailand. The corrective actions taken by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (‘CAAT’) were found to be sufficient to resolve the Significant Safety Concern and the effective implementation rate of international aviation safety standards increased to approximately 41 %. However, additional work is ongoing to further increase the effective implementation rate and the CAAT expects an ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission in 2018, covering all areas of a civil aviation safety oversight system.

(56)

The CAAT was invited for a hearing on 13 November 2017 in order to provide an update to the Commission and the Air Safety Committee on the corrective actions taken to improve the aviation safety situation in Thailand.

(57)

During the hearing the CAAT provided information on the size and the activities of the civil aviation industry in Thailand and the results of the ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission, including the fact that the Significant Safety Concern had been resolved. The CAAT also reported on progress on the implementation of the sustainability plan, which includes the work on a strategic plan for the near future, the update of legislation and regulations, the organisation and staffing of the authority, the financing of the activities of the authority and the IT systems the CAAT will apply to support its activities. It also provided information on its oversight activities in respect of air carriers certified in Thailand. The Commission encouraged the CAAT to continue with the implementation of its work to ensure the sustainability of aviation safety improvements in Thailand.

(58)

The available information indicated that the safety oversight system in Thailand has improved. In particular, the CAAT has provided evidence that progress has been achieved over the past year. The information available at present with regard to air carriers certified in Thailand does not support a decision to impose a ban or certain operational restrictions on those air carriers.

(59)

In order to monitor the situation closely, consultations with the authorities from Thailand are to continue, in accordance with Article 3(2) of Regulation (EC) No 473/2006.

(60)

In accordance with the common criteria set out in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005, it is therefore considered that at this stage there are no grounds for amending the list of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the Union with respect to air carriers from Thailand.

(61)

Member States are to continue to verify effective compliance with relevant safety standards through the prioritisation of ramp inspections to be carried out on air carriers certified in Thailand in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 965/2012.

(62)

Should any relevant safety information indicate that there are imminent safety risks as a consequence of a lack of compliance with international aviation safety standards, the Commission may be obliged to take further action pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005.

Air carriers from Ukraine

(63)

On 19 April 2017, the air carrier International Joint-Stock Aviation Company ‘URGA’, certified in the Ukraine, re-applied to EASA for a TCO authorisation. Following the rejection on safety grounds by EASA of its first application for a TCO authorisation, EASA assessed this new application in accordance with the requirements of Regulation (EU) No 452/2014.

(64)

From 28 to 29 June 2017, in this context, EASA conducted an on-site audit in the headquarter facilities of International Joint-Stock Aviation Company ‘URGA’. While that audit enabled to close all the findings identified during the assessment of the first application, five new findings, in particular related to airworthiness, were identified. Subsequently, International Joint-Stock Aviation Company ‘URGA’ submitted to EASA a corrective action plan in response to those findings. On the basis of this corrective action plan, all findings were closed on 4 October 2017 to the full satisfaction of EASA. EASA informed the Commission of this and of the fact that, accordingly, EASA would be in a position to issue the authorisation if the air carrier were to be removed from the Air Safety List.

(65)

On that basis, International Joint-Stock Aviation Company ‘URGA’ was invited for a hearing by the Commission and the Air Safety Committee, which took place on 13 November 2017. During the hearing, it provided detailed information on the implementation of the corrective action plan developed in response to the findings raised by EASA during the on-site audit of June 2017. It also explained that major changes in its organisation and its procedures have been introduced in order to strengthen its capacity to comply with the international aviation safety standards. With a view to ensure the sustainability of those measures and to enable an effective control over its activities, International Joint-Stock Aviation Company ‘URGA’ also restructured its internal quality system.

(66)

On the basis of all information available at present, including the assessment conducted by EASA and the information provided during the hearing, it should be concluded that International Joint-Stock Aviation Company ‘URGA’ has resolved the identified safety deficiencies and that International Joint-Stock Aviation Company ‘URGA’ is capable of addressing safety deficiencies which could arise.

(67)

In accordance with the common criteria set out in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005, it is therefore considered that the list of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the Union should be amended to remove the air carrier International Joint-Stock Aviation Company ‘URGA’ from Annex A to Regulation (EC) No 474/2006.

(68)

Member States are to continue to verify effective compliance with relevant safety standards through the prioritisation of ramp inspections to be carried out on air carriers certified in Ukraine in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 965/2012.

(69)

Should any relevant safety information indicate that there are imminent safety risks as a consequence of a lack of compliance with international aviation safety standards, the Commission may be obliged to take further action pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005.

Air carriers from Venezuela

(70)

On 6 March 2017, the air carrier Avior Airlines, certified in Venezuela, applied to EASA for a TCO authorisation. EASA assessed that application in accordance with the requirements of Regulation (EU) No 452/2014.

(71)

In conducting its TCO safety assessment of Avior Airlines, EASA raised concerns about the failure by Avior Airlines to demonstrate compliance with the applicable requirements. EASA therefore concluded that further assessment would not result in the issuance of a TCO authorisation to Avior Airlines and that the air carrier did not meet the applicable requirements of Regulation (EU) No 452/2014. Consequently, on 4 October 2017, EASA rejected the TCO application of Avior Airlines on safety grounds.

(72)

On 10 October 2017, the Commission requested information from the Civil Aviation Authority of Venezuela (‘INAC’) on the measures it has taken following the rejection of the TCO application of Avior Airlines by EASA. That letter constituted the opening of consultations with the authorities that have regulatory oversight over the air carriers certified in Venezuela in accordance with the criteria laid down in Article 3(2) of Regulation (EC) No 473/2006. Since the safety concerns resulting from the TCO safety assessment by EASA of Avior Airlines were not resolved, both the INAC and Avior Airlines were given the opportunity to be heard by the Commission and the Air Safety Committee pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005.

(73)

On 13 November 2017, the INAC provided to the Commission information on the oversight activities performed in respect of the air carriers certified in Venezuela during the past years as well as a description of the oversight conducted in respect of the air carrier Avior Airlines.

(74)

During the hearing of 14 November 2017, the INAC provided to the Commission and the Air Safety Committee information on its structure, functions, competences and resources, the number of aviation incidents and accidents, the effective implementation of international aviation safety standards, the status under the FAA International Aviation Safety Assessment programme and the number and type of organisations under its supervision. It also explained its oversight process and provided the results of the safety oversight activities performed in respect of Avior Airlines during recent years. The INAC indicated that it had increased the number of inspections of Avior Airlines, as that air carrier expanded its fleet. This resulted in the identification of a considerable number of safety deficiencies at Avior Airlines, in particular in the areas of training of personnel, management of changes and the document control system.

(75)

The INAC indicated that it was not aware of the findings raised in respect of air carriers certified in Venezuela during ramp inspections by Member States and expressed its intention to engage with EASA in order for the INAC to ensure adequate follow-up of those findings.

(76)

The information provided indicates that the INAC should further develop its inspection capacity in respect of the air carriers for which it is responsible.

(77)

During the hearing, Avior Airlines informed the Commission and the Air Safety Committee on the corrective measures taken to address the serious concerns identified by EASA as part of its TCO authorisation assessment, such as airworthiness and maintenance control, the implementation and monitoring of airworthiness directives and the safety and quality management system. However, Avior Airlines showed a clear lack of awareness and comprehension of the seriousness of the safety concerns raised by EASA and identified by the Member States through ramp inspections. Moreover, the measures taken by Avior Airlines show a lack of proper root-cause analysis and suitable corrective action plans to prevent re-occurrence of the same or similar non-compliances which led to those concerns.

(78)

The information available at present based on EASA's TCO authorisation assessment, the ramp inspections conducted by the Member States and the information provided by the INAC and by Avior Airlines, shows that there is clear evidence of serious safety deficiencies on the part of Avior Airlines. This information also shows that Avior Airlines is not capable of addressing those safety deficiencies, as demonstrated, inter alia, by the inappropriate and insufficient corrective action plan that it presented in response to the findings of EASA and the lack of adequate response to the findings raised during the ramp inspections performed by Member States.

(79)

In accordance with the common criteria set out in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005, it is therefore considered that the list of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the Union should be amended to include the air carrier Avior Airlines in Annex A to Regulation (EC) No 474/2006.

(80)

Member States are to continue to verify effective compliance with relevant safety standards through the prioritisation of ramp inspections to be carried out on air carriers certified in Venezuela in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 965/2012.

(81)

Should any relevant safety information indicate that there are imminent safety risks as a consequence of a lack of compliance with international aviation safety standards, the Commission may be obliged to take further action pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005.

(82)

Regulation (EC) No 474/2006 should therefore be amended accordingly.

(83)

The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Air Safety Committee,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Regulation (EC) No 474/2006 is amended as follows:

(1)

Annex A is replaced by the text set out in Annex I to this Regulation;

(2)

Annex B is replaced by the text set out in Annex II to this Regulation.

Article 2

This Regulation shall enter into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 30 November 2017.

For the Commission,

On behalf of the President,

Violeta BULC

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 344, 27.12.2005, p. 15.

(2)  Commission Regulation (EC) No 474/2006 of 22 March 2006 establishing the Community list of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the Community referred to in Chapter II of Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 84, 23.3.2006, p. 14).

(3)  Council Regulation (EEC) No 3922/91 of 16 December 1991 on the harmonization of the technical requirements and administrative procedures in the field of civil aviation (OJ L 373, 31.12.1991, p. 4).

(4)  Commission Regulation (EC) No 473/2006 of 22 March 2006 laying down implementing rules for the Community list of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the Community referred to in Chapter II of Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 84, 23.3.2006, p. 8).

(5)  Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 of 5 October 2012 laying down the technical requirements and administrative procedures related to air operations pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 296, 25.10.2012, p. 1).

(6)  Commission Regulation (EU) No 452/2014 of 29 April 2014 laying down technical requirements and administrative procedures related to air operations of third country operators pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 133, 6.5.2014, p. 12).


ANNEX I

ANNEX A

LIST OF AIR CARRIERS WHICH ARE BANNED FROM OPERATING WITHIN THE UNION, WITH EXCEPTIONS  (1)

Name of the legal entity of the air carrier as indicated on its AOC (and its trading name, if different)

Air Operator Certificate (‘AOC’) Number or Operating Licence Number

ICAO three letter designator

State of the Operator

AVIOR AIRLINES

ROI-RNR-011

ROI

Venezuela

BLUE WING AIRLINES

SRBWA-01/2002

BWI

Suriname

IRAN ASEMAN AIRLINES

FS-102

IRC

Islamic Republic of Iran

IRAQI AIRWAYS

001

IAW

Iraq

MED-VIEW AIRLINE

MVA/AOC/10-12/05

MEV

Nigeria

AIR ZIMBABWE (PVT) LTD

177/04

AZW

Zimbabwe

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Afghanistan, including

 

 

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

AFGHAN JET INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES

AOC 008

AJA

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

ARIANA AFGHAN AIRLINES

AOC 009

AFG

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

EAST HORIZON AIRLINES

AOC 1013

EHN

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

KAM AIR

AOC 001

KMF

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

SAFI AIRWAYS

AOC 181

SFW

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Angola, with the exception of TAAG Angola Airlines put in Annex B, including

 

 

Republic of Angola

AEROJET

AO 008-01/11

TEJ

Republic of Angola

AIR GICANGO

009

Unknown

Republic of Angola

AIR JET

AO 006-01/11-MBC

MBC

Republic of Angola

AIR NAVE

017

Unknown

Republic of Angola

AIR26

AO 003-01/11-DCD

DCD

Republic of Angola

ANGOLA AIR SERVICES

006

Unknown

Republic of Angola

DIEXIM

007

Unknown

Republic of Angola

FLY540

AO 004-01 FLYA

Unknown

Republic of Angola

GIRA GLOBO

008

GGL

Republic of Angola

HELIANG

010

Unknown

Republic of Angola

HELIMALONGO

AO 005-01/11

Unknown

Republic of Angola

MAVEWA

016

Unknown

Republic of Angola

SONAIR

AO 002-01/10-SOR

SOR

Republic of Angola

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of the Republic of Congo, including

 

 

Republic of Congo

AERO SERVICE

RAC06-002

RSR

Republic of Congo

CANADIAN AIRWAYS CONGO

RAC06-012

Unknown

Republic of Congo

EMERAUDE

RAC06-008

Unknown

Republic of Congo

EQUAFLIGHT SERVICES

RAC 06-003

EKA

Republic of Congo

EQUAJET

RAC06-007

EKJ

Republic of Congo

EQUATORIAL CONGO AIRLINES S.A.

RAC 06-014

Unknown

Republic of Congo

MISTRAL AVIATION

RAC06-011

Unknown

Republic of Congo

TRANS AIR CONGO

RAC 06-001

TSG

Republic of Congo

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), including

 

 

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

AIR FAST CONGO

409/CAB/MIN/TVC/0112/2011

Unknown

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

AIR KASAI

409/CAB/MIN/TVC/0053/2012

Unknown

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

AIR KATANGA

409/CAB/MIN/TVC/0056/2012

Unknown

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

AIR TROPIQUES

409/CAB/MIN/TVC/00625/2011

Unknown

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

BLUE AIRLINES

106/CAB/MIN/TVC/2012

BUL

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

BLUE SKY

409/CAB/MIN/TVC/0028/2012

Unknown

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

BUSY BEE CONGO

409/CAB/MIN/TVC/0064/2010

Unknown

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

COMPAGNIE AFRICAINE D'AVIATION (CAA)

409/CAB/MIN/TVC/0050/2012

Unknown

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

CONGO AIRWAYS

019/CAB/MIN/TVC/2015

Unknown

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

DAKOTA SPRL

409/CAB/MIN/TVC/071/2011

Unknown

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

DOREN AIR CONGO

102/CAB/MIN/TVC/2012

Unknown

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

GOMAIR

409/CAB/MIN/TVC/011/2010

Unknown

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

KIN AVIA

409/CAB/MIN/TVC/0059/2010

Unknown

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

KORONGO AIRLINES

409/CAB/MIN/TVC/001/2011

KGO

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

MALU AVIATION

098/CAB/MIN/TVC/2012

Unknown

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

MANGO AIRLINES

409/CAB/MIN/TVC/009/2011

Unknown

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

SERVE AIR

004/CAB/MIN/TVC/2015

Unknown

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

SERVICES AIR

103/CAB/MIN/TVC/2012

Unknown

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

SWALA AVIATION

409/CAB/MIN/TVC/0084/2010

Unknown

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

TRANSAIR CARGO SERVICES

409/CAB/MIN/TVC/073/2011

Unknown

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

WILL AIRLIFT

409/CAB/MIN/TVC/0247/2011

Unknown

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Djibouti, including

 

 

Djibouti

DAALLO AIRLINES

Unknown

DAO

Djibouti

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Equatorial Guinea, including

 

 

Equatorial Guinea

CEIBA INTERCONTINENTAL

2011/0001/MTTCT/DGAC/SOPS

CEL

Equatorial Guinea

CRONOS AIRLINES

2011/0004/MTTCT/DGAC/SOPS

Unknown

Equatorial Guinea

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Eritrea, including

 

 

Eritrea

ERITREAN AIRLINES

AOC No 004

ERT

Eritrea

NASAIR ERITREA

AOC No 005

NAS

Eritrea

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of the Republic of Gabon, with the exception of Afrijet and SN2AG put in Annex B, including

 

 

Republic of Gabon

AFRIC AVIATION

010/MTAC/ANAC-G/DSA

EKG

Republic of Gabon

ALLEGIANCE AIR TOURIST

007/MTAC/ANAC-G/DSA

LGE

Republic of Gabon

NATIONALE REGIONALE TRANSPORT (N.R.T)

008/MTAC/ANAC-G/DSA

NRG

Republic of Gabon

SKY GABON

009/MTAC/ANAC-G/DSA

SKG

Republic of Gabon

SOLENTA AVIATION GABON

006/MTAC/ANAC-G/DSA

SVG

Republic of Gabon

TROPICAL AIR-GABON

011/MTAC/ANAC-G/DSA

Unknown

Republic of Gabon

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Indonesia, with the exception of Garuda Indonesia, Airfast Indonesia, Ekspres Transportasi Antarbenua, Indonesia Air Asia, Citilink, Lion Air and Batik Air, including

 

 

Republic of Indonesia

AIR BORN INDONESIA

135-055

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

AIR PACIFIC UTAMA

135-020

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

ALDA TRANS PAPUA

135-056

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

ALFA TRANS DIRGANTARA

135-012

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

AMA

135-054

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

ANGKASA SUPER SERVICE

135-050

LBZ

Republic of Indonesia

ASI PUDJIASTUTI

135-028

SQS

Republic of Indonesia

AVIASTAR MANDIRI

135-029

VIT

Republic of Indonesia

DABI AIR NUSANTARA

135-030

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

DERAYA AIR TAXI

135-013

DRY

Republic of Indonesia

DERAZONA AIR SERVICE

135-010

DRZ

Republic of Indonesia

EASTINDO

135-038

ESD

Republic of Indonesia

ELANG LINTAS INDONESIA

135-052

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

ELANG NUSANTARA AIR

135-053

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

ENGGANG AIR SERVICE

135-045

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

ERSA EASTERN AVIATION

135-047

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

GATARI AIR SERVICE

135-018

GHS

Republic of Indonesia

HEVILIFT AVIATION

135-042

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

INDONESIA AIR ASIA EXTRA

121-054

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

INDONESIA AIR TRANSPORT

121-034

IDA

Republic of Indonesia

INDO STAR AVIATION

135-057

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

INTAN ANGKASA AIR SERVICE

135-019

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

JAYAWIJAYA DIRGANTARA

121-044

JWD

Republic of Indonesia

JOHNLIN AIR TRANSPORT

135-043

JLB

Republic of Indonesia

KAL STAR AVIATION

121-037

KLS

Republic of Indonesia

KARTIKA AIRLINES

121-003

KAE

Republic of Indonesia

KOMALA INDONESIA

135-051

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

KURA-KURA AVIATION

135-016

KUR

Republic of Indonesia

MARTA BUANA ABADI

135-049

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

MATTHEW AIR NUSANTARA

135-048

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

MIMIKA AIR

135-007

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

MY INDO AIRLINES

121-042

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

NAM AIR

121-058

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

NATIONAL UTILITY HELICOPTER

135-011

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

NUSANTARA AIR CHARTER

121-022

SJK

Republic of Indonesia

PEGASUS AIR SERVICES

135-036

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

PELITA AIR SERVICE

121-008

PAS

Republic of Indonesia

PENERBANGAN ANGKASA SEMESTA

135-026

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

PURA WISATA BARUNA

135-025

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

RIAU AIRLINES

121-016

RIU

Republic of Indonesia

SAYAP GARUDA INDAH

135-004

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

SMAC

135-015

SMC

Republic of Indonesia

SPIRIT AVIATION SENTOSA

135-058

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

SRIWIJAYA AIR

121-035

SJY

Republic of Indonesia

SURYA AIR

135-046

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

TRANSNUSA AVIATION MANDIRI

121-048

TNU

Republic of Indonesia

TRANSWISATA PRIMA AVIATION

135-021

TWT

Republic of Indonesia

TRAVEL EXPRESS AVIATION SERVICE

121-038

XAR

Republic of Indonesia

TRAVIRA UTAMA

135-009

TVV

Republic of Indonesia

TRI MG-INTRA ASIA AIRLINES

121-018

TMG

Republic of Indonesia

TRI MG-INTRA ASIA AIRLINES

135-037

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

TRIGANA AIR SERVICE

121-006

TGN

Republic of Indonesia

UNINDO

135-040

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

WESTSTAR AVIATION INDONESIA

135-059

Unknown

Republic of Indonesia

WING ABADI AIRLINES

121-012

WON

Republic of Indonesia

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of the Kyrgyz Republic, including

 

 

Kyrgyz Republic

AIR BISHKEK (formerly EASTOK AVIA)

15

EAA

Kyrgyz Republic

AIR MANAS

17

MBB

Kyrgyz Republic

AVIA TRAFFIC COMPANY

23

AVJ

Kyrgyz Republic

CENTRAL ASIAN AVIATION SERVICES (CAAS)

13

CBK

Kyrgyz Republic

HELI SKY

47

HAC

Kyrgyz Republic

AIR KYRGYZSTAN

03

LYN

Kyrgyz Republic

MANAS AIRWAYS

42

BAM

Kyrgyz Republic

S GROUP INTERNATIONAL (formerly S GROUP AVIATION)

45

IND

Kyrgyz Republic

SKY BISHKEK

43

BIS

Kyrgyz Republic

SKY KG AIRLINES

41

KGK

Kyrgyz Republic

SKY WAY AIR

39

SAB

Kyrgyz Republic

TEZ JET

46

TEZ

Kyrgyz Republic

VALOR AIR

07

VAC

Kyrgyz Republic

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Liberia.

 

 

Liberia

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Libya, including

 

 

Libya

AFRIQIYAH AIRWAYS

007/01

AAW

Libya

AIR LIBYA

004/01

TLR

Libya

BURAQ AIR

002/01

BRQ

Libya

GHADAMES AIR TRANSPORT

012/05

GHT

Libya

GLOBAL AVIATION AND SERVICES

008/05

GAK

Libya

LIBYAN AIRLINES

001/01

LAA

Libya

PETRO AIR

025/08

PEO

Libya

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Nepal, including

 

 

Republic of Nepal

AIR DYNASTY HELI. S.

035/2001

Unknown

Republic of Nepal

AIR KASTHAMANDAP

051/2009

Unknown

Republic of Nepal

BUDDHA AIR

014/1996

BHA

Republic of Nepal

FISHTAIL AIR

017/2001

Unknown

Republic of Nepal

GOMA AIR

064/2010

Unknown

Republic of Nepal

HIMALAYA AIRLINES

084/2015

Unknown

Republic of Nepal

MAKALU AIR

057A/2009

Unknown

Republic of Nepal

MANANG AIR PVT LTD

082/2014

Unknown

Republic of Nepal

MOUNTAIN HELICOPTERS

055/2009

Unknown

Republic of Nepal

MUKTINATH AIRLINES

081/2013

Unknown

Republic of Nepal

NEPAL AIRLINES CORPORATION

003/2000

RNA

Republic of Nepal

SAURYA AIRLINES

083/2014

Unknown

Republic of Nepal

SHREE AIRLINES

030/2002

SHA

Republic of Nepal

SIMRIK AIR

034/2000

Unknown

Republic of Nepal

SIMRIK AIRLINES

052/2009

RMK

Republic of Nepal

SITA AIR

033/2000

Unknown

Republic of Nepal

TARA AIR

053/2009

Unknown

Republic of Nepal

YETI AIRLINES DOMESTIC

037/2004

NYT

Republic of Nepal

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Sao Tome and Principe, including

 

 

Sao Tome and Principe

AFRICA'S CONNECTION

10/AOC/2008

ACH

Sao Tome and Principe

STP AIRWAYS

03/AOC/2006

STP

Sao Tome and Principe

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Sierra Leone, including

 

 

Sierra Leone

AIR RUM, LTD

Unknown

RUM

Sierra Leone

DESTINY AIR SERVICES, LTD

Unknown

DTY

Sierra Leone

HEAVYLIFT CARGO

Unknown

Unknown

Sierra Leone

ORANGE AIR SIERRA LEONE LTD

Unknown

ORJ

Sierra Leone

PARAMOUNT AIRLINES, LTD

Unknown

PRR

Sierra Leone

SEVEN FOUR EIGHT AIR SERVICES LTD

Unknown

SVT

Sierra Leone

TEEBAH AIRWAYS

Unknown

Unknown

Sierra Leone

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Sudan, including

 

 

Republic of Sudan

ALFA AIRLINES SD

54

AAJ

Republic of the Sudan

BADR AIRLINES

35

BDR

Republic of the Sudan

BLUE BIRD AVIATION

11

BLB

Republic of the Sudan

ELDINDER AVIATION

8

DND

Republic of the Sudan

GREEN FLAG AVIATION

17

Unknown

Republic of the Sudan

HELEJETIC AIR

57

HJT

Republic of the Sudan

KATA AIR TRANSPORT

9

KTV

Republic of the Sudan

KUSH AVIATION CO.

60

KUH

Republic of the Sudan

NOVA AIRWAYS

46

NOV

Republic of the Sudan

SUDAN AIRWAYS CO.

1

SUD

Republic of the Sudan

SUN AIR

51

SNR

Republic of the Sudan

TARCO AIR

56

TRQ

Republic of the Sudan


(1)  Air carriers listed in Annex A could be permitted to exercise traffic rights by using wet-leased aircraft of an air carrier which is not subject to an operating ban, provided that the relevant safety standards are complied with.


ANNEX II

ANNEX B

LIST OF AIR CARRIERS WHICH ARE SUBJECT TO OPERATIONAL RESTRICTIONS WITHIN THE UNION  (1)

Name of the legal entity of the air carrier as indicated on its AOC (and its trading name, if different)

Air Operator Certificate (‘AOC’) Number

ICAO three letter designator

State of the Operator

Aircraft type restricted

Registration mark(s) and, when available, construction serial number(s) of restricted aircraft

State of registry

TAAG ANGOLA AIRLINES

001

DTA

Republic of Angola

All fleet with the exception of: aircraft of type Boeing B737-700, aircraft of type Boeing B777-200, aircraft of type Boeing B777-300 and aircraft of type Boeing B777-300ER.

All fleet with the exception of: aircraft within the Boeing B737-700 fleet, as mentioned on the AOC; aircraft within the Boeing B777-200 fleet, as mentioned on the AOC; aircraft within the Boeing B777-300 fleet, as mentioned on the AOC and aircraft within the Boeing B777-300ER fleet, as mentioned on the AOC.

Republic of Angola

AIR SERVICE COMORES

06-819/TA-15/DGACM

KMD

Comoros

All fleet with the exception of: LET 410 UVP.

All fleet with the exception of: D6-CAM (851336).

Comoros

AFRIJET BUSINESS SERVICE  (2)

002/MTAC/ANAC-G/DSA

ABS

Republic of Gabon

All fleet with the exception of: 2 aircraft of type Falcon 50, 2 aircraft of type Falcon 900.

All fleet with the exception of: TR-LGV; TR-LGY; TR-AFJ; TR-AFR.

Republic of Gabon

NOUVELLE AIR AFFAIRES GABON (SN2AG)

003/MTAC/ANAC-G/DSA

NVS

Republic of Gabon

All fleet with the exception of: 1 aircraft of type Challenger CL-601, 1 aircraft of type HS-125-800.

All fleet with the exception of: TR-AAG, ZS-AFG.

Republic of Gabon; Republic of South Africa

IRAN AIR

FS100

IRA

Islamic Republic of Iran

All aircraft of type Fokker F100 and of type Boeing B747

Aircraft of type Fokker F100 as mentioned on the AOC; aircraft of type Boeing B747 as mentioned on the AOC

Islamic Republic of Iran

AIR KORYO

GAC-AOC/KOR-01

KOR

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

All fleet with the exception of: 2 aircraft of type TU- 204.

All fleet with the exception of: P-632, P-633.

Democratic People's Republic of Korea


(1)  Air carriers listed in Annex B could be permitted to exercise traffic rights by using wet-leased aircraft of an air carrier which is not subject to an operating ban, provided that the relevant safety standards are complied with.

(2)  Afrijet is only allowed to use the specific aircraft mentioned for its current level of operations within the Union.


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