|The Royal High Courts of Justice in London|
Julian Bray comments: With the news that Air Asia was allegedly operating UNLICENSED flights to Singapore on Wednesdays and Sundays and that Sunday included the tragic Air Asia Flight QZ28501. It is now becoming clear that QZ28501 should not have been in the air.
Attention is now turning to insurance companies who may use the unlicensed flight status to refuse paying out on claims due to the fact that the flight was not officially approved and properly licenced, therefore breaking the terms of the travel policy.
Industry sources are now suggesting that UK Travel Agents (including ABTA High Street Agents) and international holiday firms who have sold packages or air tickets involving any unlicenced Air Asia flight portion of the package, who have previously paid out on claims on Wednesday or Sunday flights; could be seeking repayment of the claim payout. There is also the problem of IATA and bonding arrangements surrounding these allegedly unlicensed Air Asia flights.
For the airline itself it also means that their own restrictive booking conditions are void and legal commentators suggest in theory victims representatives could now start unlimited claims for corporate manslaughter.
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