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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Air Service Rights Feud

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European airline industry said Tuesday it had asked the European Commission to oppose U.S. legislation aimed at preventing U.S.-registered aircraft from being repaired outside the country.

Acting ahead of a public hearing organized by the U.S. Congress on Thursday to discuss the bill, the Association of European Airlines, or AEA, said that although the proposal appeared safety related it smacked of protectionism.

At stake is a measure to change the foreign aircraft repair station rules of the U.S.'s Federal Aviation Administration so that foreign repair companies would be awarded an FAA certification only "if they can show a need to service aircraft engaged in international travel," AEA said in a letter to EU Transport Commissioner Neil Kinnock.