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From day-to-day flight planning and aircraft maintenance to complex corporate transactions and commercial contacts, Clyde & Co has the expertise to assist airlines on any legal issue in relation to its operations.

We advise a range of market participants, from new entrants to established airlines and other businesses engaged in day to day airline operations. Our network of 33 offices around the world helps us to deliver effective advice wherever our clients operate.

We assist airlines in relation to:

Commercial matters

Our broad involvement with airlines means we regularly advise airlines on all types of commercial contracts including; alliances and joint ventures, codesharing and franchise agreements, relations with travel agents and other distributing arrangements, aircraft management and maintenance and fuel supply. Further areas in which we specialise include commercial procurement and outsourcing, IT contracts and IP issues relevant to the industry.

We advise on the operation of aircraft including licensing of flight crew, crimes on board aircraft, noise and emissions, registration and deregistration and a other operational issues.

Commercial litigation

Clyde & Co has one of the world’s top dispute resolution practices which 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.

Corporate finance

Our lawyers have considerable experience across the entire spectrum of corporate work and handle all aspects of public and private M&A deals, including vendor and purchaser due diligence, virtual data rooms, purchase agreement preparation and negotiation and financial close. We also have expertise in relation to airline privatisation.


We advise airlines on all aspects of labour and employment law including drafting employment contracts and company policies for application globally; working hours and leave entitlements; the operation of shift pattern; flexible work patterns and temporary work arrangements in compliance with immigration and labour regulations. Our employment team have a deep knowledge on trade union matters and regularly advise on a range of employment related litigation.