The aviation industry is a multi-trillion dollar industry. Asia’s ever-increasing appetite for travel and thus aviation services makes it the largest aviation market in the world in the next twenty years according to both Boeing and Airbus. This means that organisations in the sector need an experienced and trusted advisor who has true sector experience and first hand successful completion ability to represent them to be able to tap the full potential that the aviation industry offers here.
We have extensive experience in advising corporations in this industry, providing comprehensive representation with regional and global expertise to advise and proven ability to act in aviation-related matters. Our lawyers from various practice groups have handled both non-contentious and contentious matters for a broad spectrum of clients in the aviation sector.
This includes, but is not limited to acting for airports, capital providers, governments, operators (including airline companies) and related manufacturers and MRO service providers in matters relating to:
- Work involving catering services, ground services, maintenance, repair and engineering, online ticketing, sales agency, training, loyalty programmes
- Regulatory advice including tapping SGX for capital raising, dealing with local Civil Aviation Authorities, and accessing Singapore’s favourable tax regime under the ALS (Aircraft Leasing Scheme) and other pioneer/preferential status schemes,
- Airport and related Airport infrastructure services; landing and flying rights, slots allocations, Air Services Agreements
This has endowed our lawyers with invaluable insight into the commercial realities, regulatory framework as well as legal aspects relating to the aviation industry.
Corporate, Regulatory & Operations/Management
Our corporate and regulatory experience in aviation matters ranges from commercial and private jet/helicopter purchases and divestments, contract administration of an international airport, to advising on operations and management of aircrafts. We have also been intimately involved in intellectual property and patent issues that arise in aviation matters as well as providing advice on competition laws and merger control issues.
The lawyers in our dispute resolution team are fully equipped to handle the varied and complex issues that arise in aviation matters. Several of our lawyers have acted as expert witnesses on matters involving Singapore aviation laws, a clear indication of the industry-related expertise available within the firm.
Our dispute resolution experience in matters involving the aviation industry includes arbitrations as well as court proceedings. These proceedings include aviation accidents/ plane crashes, carriage claims, contractual disputes arising out of operational agreements, disputes in relation to service agreements, obligations of insurers in the aviation dispute, intellectual property, including trademarks, and patent disputes.