The European Commission wants to eliminate restrictions on EU airlines from leasing planes and crews from U.S. carriers, according to Reuters.
Wet-leasing, the practice of leasing crewed planes from other airlines, is common within the industry.
The EU and U.S. have a 10-year-old Open Skies services agreement, meant to foster a liberal regime for wet-leasing.
However, the EU in 2008 imposed a seven-month duration limit on European airlines wet-leasing from non-EU carriers.
In response, the U.S. imposed similar duration limits on EU carriers wet-leasing with the U.S.
The European Commission now wants a mandate from EU member states to negotiate an unrestricted wet-leasing agreement with the U.S.