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Airlines are at the centre of our practice and the Clyde & Co team are able to advise airlines on all aspects of their business. Whether our clients are start-ups, regional airlines, flag carriers or low cost airlines, we are able to offer tailored advice based on the legal needs relevant to the airline.

We have more than 100 aviation lawyers with experience in all areas of relevance to airlines including:

Aircraft ownership and financing

Our lawyers have been involved in a significant volume of transactions across the commercial aircraft, corporate jet and engine sectors, including the Emirates A380 financing transaction which won Air Finance Journal's Most Innovative Deal of the Year award.

Competition and EU law

Our aviation competition specialists advise in relation to state aid rules, competition law, and particular issues on alliances, mergers and acquisitions, CRSs, handling, and EU legislation and regulation generally.

Aircraft and airline operations

We advise on all types of airline contracts including; commercial procurement and outsourcing, IT contracts, IP arrangements, agreements with travel agents and other distribution arrangements, aircraft management, aircraft maintenance, fuel supply and numerous operational issues. We regularly advise airlines on the operation of aircraft including licensing of flight crew; crimes on board aircraft; noise and emissions; numerous operational issues; and registration and deregistration.

Airline ownership and finance

We have a strong transport focused corporate practice that handles all aspects of corporate finance and governance in the airline sector including M&A, joint ventures, buy outs, privatisations and disposals.


Our team advise on all aspects of employment law including drafting employment contracts and company policies, working hours and leave entitlements, the operation of a shift pattern, flexible work patterns and temporary work arrangements in compliance with immigration and labour regulations.

Insured liability

We have a substantial track record of advising airlines and their insurers in relation to aviation losses, enforcement, general aviation claims, subrogation, jurisdiction disputes and passenger/cargo claims.

Dispute resolution

Our leading litigation capabilies together with our in-depth aviation specialism causes us to be able to act in relation to disputes across the industry whether regarding fuel contracts, union/employment, leases, sales/ purchase agreements, repossessions, projects, IP or alliances.

Property law

Our property practice acts for a range of airlines and service providers on departure and arrivals lounges, ticket desks and ramp leases, leases of crew rooms and management and letting of administration offices.