U.S. Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan
Xiamen Airlines Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan(the “Plan”) applies only to flights departing from or arriving to U.S. airports. We have established this Plan to comply with the U.S. Department of Transportation “Enhanced Protection for Airline Passenger” regulations (14 CFR Part 259).
1.For international flights that depart from or arrive at a U.S. airport, we will not permit our aircraft to remain on the tarmac at a U.S. airport for more than four hours before allowing passengers to deplane, unless:
(i)The pilot-in-command determines there is a safety-related or security-related reason why the aircraft cannot leave its position on the tarmac to deplane passengers; or
(ii)Air traffic control advises the pilot-in-command that returning to the gate or another disembarkation point elsewhere in order to deplane passengers would significantly disrupt airport operations; or
(iii) In the case of a departing flight only, the aircraft begins to return to a suitable disembarkation point within four hours.
2.For all flights covered by the Plan, we will provide adequate food and potable water no later than two hours after our aircraft leaves the gate (in the case of a departure) or touches down (in the case of an arrival) if our aircraft remains on the tarmac, unless the pilot-in-command determines that safety or security considerations preclude such service.
3.For all flights covered by the Plan, we will provide operable lavatory facilities, maintain comfortable cabin temperatures, as well as ensure adequate medical attention if needed, while our aircraft remains on the tarmac.
4.For all flights covered by the Plan, we will notify our passengers every 30 minutes regarding the status of the tarmac delay, including the reason for the delay, if known.
5.For all flights covered by the Plan, we will notify our passengers 30 minutes after scheduled departure time (including any revised departure time that passengers were notified about before boarding) and every 30 minutes thereafter that they have the opportunity to deplane from an aircraft that is at the gate or another disembarkation area with the door open, if the opportunity to deplane actually exists.
6.We have sufficient resources to implement the Plan.
7.We have coordinated the Plan with all applicable airport authorities, including U.S. Customs & Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration, at all U.S. airports that we serve, including all diversion airports. If necessary and to the extent practicable, we will work with airport authorities and other airlines to share facilities and make gates available in an emergency.
8.When the marketing carrier and the operating carrier are different airlines that have different contingency plans for lengthy tarmac delays, unless otherwise specified, the plan of the operating carrier shall apply.