Distribution and E-commerce AVIATION

The Aviation Practice has substantive experience in legal issues related to the distribution of aviation services and products. We have particular experience with electronic distribution and electronic commerce issues, having helped clients found online distribution networks and business to business exchanges. Some projects include:

  • Merger of global distribution systems. We have provided US and European antitrust and regulatory advice regarding the proposed merger of two of the four leading global distribution systems.
  • Creation of CRS systems. On behalf of several major airlines, we developed the legal framework for Europe’s largest Computer Reservations System (CRS). Apart from a variety of corporate, tax and regulatory matters, the work included negotiation of agreements with hardware and software suppliers and CRS participants and advice on regulatory and strategic matters in Europe and the US.
  • Regulation of CRS practices. We have represented some of the world’s largest airlines in administrative proceedings convened to determine how CRS and Internet travel distribution practices should be regulated in the United States and Europe.
  • Internet distribution. We have provided advice on the creation of an Internet site sponsored by a number of the world’s leading airlines for passenger ticket sales to the public, as well as technology contracts for a discount ticket sales website.
  • Creation of a B2B platform. We advised one of the world's leading cargo carriers in the creation of a B2B platform for international air cargo shipments and in the subsequent merger clearance process before the European Commission.
  • Online electronic marketplace. We represented a European commercial holding company and a cargo carrier on their investment in and strategic partnership with an online electronic marketplace for trading cargo capacity.
  • Common IT systems platform. We advised members of a leading airline alliance concerning their joint investment in the development of a common IT systems platform.
Crones, Christian

Dr. Christian Crones


+49 69 27 10 78 207 (t)


Mueller, Thomas

Thomas Mueller


+1 202 663 6766 (t)


Novick, Robert T.

Robert T. Novick


+1 202 663 6140 (t)


Ross, David J.

David J. Ross


+1 202 663 6515 (t)


Wissmann, Matthias

Matthias Wissmann

Senior International Counsel

+49 30 20 22 64 26 (t)


Meltzer, Ronald I.

Ronald I. Meltzer

Senior Counsel

+1 202 663 6389 (t)