In a note, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) fined Emirates $ 400,000 yesterday (1) for operating JetBlue Airways code flights in airspace where the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has banned US operators from fly. The airline was ordered to cease and desist from similar future violations.
The Department granted Emirates economic licensing authority to display the JetBlue Airways designator code on flights operated to and from the United States, provided that Emirates does not allow the JetBlue code to be used in the airspace where the FAA prohibits operators from the USA to fly.
An investigation by the Aviation Consumer Protection Department found that for 19 days in July 2019, Emirates operated flights with the B6 code in parts of Iranian airspace, despite the FAA issuing an Aviator Notice (NOTAM) banning aviators and US operators to fly in that region.
The FAA issued NOTAM due to increased military activities and increased political tensions in the region, which posed a risk to United States civil aviation operations and which can lead to misidentifications. By using the B6 code on FAA-banned airspace flights, Emirates breached the conditions of its authorization to operate and engage in passenger operations to and from the United States without proper DOT authority.
The consent request is available at https://www.transportation.gov/individuals/aviation-consumer-protection/emirates-order-2020-9-29.
Thus, the United States Department of Transportation said on Thursday (1) that it had fined Emirates airline $ 400,000 for flights in parts of prohibited Iranian airspace.
Emirates told the Department of Transportation that the issue was the result of “inadvertent supervision”, but it accepted the deal and will pay the fine in the interest of resolving the matter.