Aviation Law

In terms of Aviation Law, Koutalidis Law Firm has been undoubtedly established as one of the pioneers in this sector in the Greek market. Being recognized as one of the few firms with established knowledge in the commercial aviation sector we have worked with almost all parties active in the aviation industry for more than 30 years. Air transport plays a pivotal role in the Greek economy and the dramatic drop in demand for passenger air transport due to COVID-19 pandemic, is threatening the viability of many airlines and generally has served as an accelerant to underlying industry trends.

Services

Our team has accumulated substantial knowledge and expertise, providing an extensive range of transactional services as well as litigation and dispute resolution support bringing together our extensive knowledge and experience in specialized related practices including tax, corporate, regulatory and finance. More specifically, we advise airlines, operating lessors, financiers and investors on the following:

  • tender processes,
  • concession agreements,
  • sale and purchase of aircraft portfolios,
  • aircraft and engine leasing,
  • financing arrangements,
  • regulatory compliance.
View Practice Highlights

Koutalidis Law Firm has advised an extensive list of clients on Aviation Law matters, namely:

  • Hellenic Republic on state aid rules and airlines/airports and Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority on regulatory issues (e.g. ground handling, joint aviation regulations);
  • The Consortium Fraport AG – Slentel Ltd, on its successful bid to lease and manage 14 regional airports in Greece;
  • GE Capital Aviation Services with respect to leases of aircrafts to Greek operators;
  • International Lease Finance Corporation with respect to the sale of an aircraft portfolio;
  • Air Sale Inc., global leader in the supply of commercial aircraft and engines, with respect to lease of engines to a Greek operator;
  • Federal Reserve Bank, with respect to the creation and registration of mortgages on aircrafts registered in Greece;
  • Various airlines and finance corporations with respect to applicable legal framework for the operation of airline companies in Greece and the registration of aircraft and liens on aircraft with the Greek Registries;
  • Airline companies with respect to public tenders initiated by the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority for the operation of air routes within Greece.

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