The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has become a complainant in an investigation being led by the European Union’s Directorate General for Competition (DG-COMP) into alleged abuses of dominant positions by manufacturers of aviation equipment.
The complaint, filed by the airline body last week, comes after DG-COMP questioned several industry bodies including IATA’s airline members about the claims with respect to OEM control of aftermarket repairs, including parts and services.
IATA said that as the complainant, it is making no claims for monetary damages.
Tony Tyler, IATA’s director general and CEO, said: “This is an area of deep concern for our members. There are relatively few equipment vendors and our members are frustrated that there is little flexibility in negotiations for aftermarket services.”