IATA maintains complaint against Honeywell
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has not yet reached any agreement with Honeywell, similar to the one struck with CFM International on July 31, 2018. The complaint made to to the Competition Directorate of the European Commission (DG-COMP) still stands.
IATA filed a formal complaint in March 2016 with the DG-COMP, after the regulators questioned several companies, including IATA member airlines, to investigate on claims of abuses of dominant positions by original equipment makers (OEMs) with respect to their control of aftermarket repairs, including parts and services.
On July 31, 2018, IATA announced it reached an agreement with CFM International (joint venture between Safran and General Electric producing the CFM56 and the LEAP engines), in which the manufacturer committed to expand opportunities to third-party providers for MRO services. At the time, Charles Soret, Safran press officer, said to AeroTime via phone that he expected more companies of the industry to follow the same path.
But it seems that so far, negotiations between Honeywell and IATA are at a stalemate. Despite IATA’s claims that it could limit competition on the maintenance of some of its auxiliary power units (APUs) assembled for the aviation market, the company told Reuters it believed “that [their] practices are fair and in compliance with all relevant laws”.
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