The two draft conventions being considered are intended to replace the Rome Convention 1952 and the Montreal Protocol 1978. Information on parties to these treaties is available from ICAO here. They have not been that widely adopted, with the main treaty having 49 parties and the protocol only 12 parties.
Neither Australia nor New Zealand are parties to the Rome Convention. In New Zealand this area of law is covered by an accident compensation scheme and s.97 of the Civil Aviation Act. In Australia the relevant law is the Damage by Aircraft Act 1999. Australia and Canada were parties to the Rome Convention but withdrew.
On 9 April 2009 Canadian Ministers announced the conclusion of new bilateral air services arrangements with Japan that will allow Canadian airlines unlimited access to airports outside of the Tokyo area and limited access to Haneda airport.
On 14 April 2009 the Singapore Ministry of Transport announced that Malaysia and Singapore had agreed to new routes and increased frequency of air services opportunities for the airlines of their two countries under their bilateral air services agreement.
This followed an earlier 6 October 2008 announcement about the outcome of negotiations that created opportunities for the low-cost carriers of the two countries on three East Malaysia-Singapore routes.
On 23 April 2009 the New Zealand Minister of Transport, Hon Steven Joyce, released a statement (including questions and answers) and a summary report of a domestic aviation security review that includes options for extending the screening of passengers on domestic flights by the Aviation Security Service to additional airports (see previous post).
No decision has yet been made by the New Zealand Cabinet.
The interim Fiji Government announced on 22 April 2009 that it has signed a Confidential Memorandum of Understanding with Hong Kong. This included the initialling of an Air Services Agreement (ASA). Air Pacific (FJ), part owned by oneworld alliance member Qantas, is now planning to commence air services between Nadi and Hong Kong in December 2009. The announcement imples that Air Pacific will look to enter into a commercial arrangements with Cathay Pacific, also a member of oneworld.
Fijilivereported on 2 April 2009 that Air Pacific is exploring the possibility of codesharing on Noumea-based Aircalin after recently ceasing operating to Japan. This would require amending the Fiji-Japan ASA to allow for third-country code share and an intermediate point in Noumea.