Josh Romanow leads Pillsbury’s Travel, Leisure & Hospitality team. He is legal advisor to over twenty international airlines from Europe, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and travel and hospitality companies from around the world.

A strong advocate of airline “open skies” and a leader in the global discussion over airline traffic rights and international routes, Josh advises airlines from around the world on licensing and traffic rights for U.S. operations; corporate, commercial, joint ventures, alliances and disputes; ACMI and wet leasing; passenger protection rules and other U.S. legal matters. Josh acts for clients before the U.S. Department of Transportation, FAA, TSA, State Department, Customs & Border Protection, and other government agencies. He also advises hotels and resorts, cruise lines, tour operators, ticket agents, sports teams, online travel agents, and a variety of travel and hospitality companies doing business in the United States.

Representative Experience

U.S. legal advisor to the following airlines:

  • Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, Norwegian Air International (NAI) and Norwegian Air UK (launch of U.S. operations)
  • Air New Zealand (U.S. operations)
  • Air Asia/ Air Asia X (Malaysia)

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  • Azul - Brazilian Airlines (U.S. licensing and operations)
  • Wamos Air (Spain) (U.S. licensing, wet leasing and traffic rights)
  • Plus Ultra (Spain) (U.S. licensing, wet leasing and traffic rights) 
  • Hainan Airlines (China) (launch of U.S. operations)
  • Hong Kong Airlines / Hong Kong Express (U.S. licensing and operations)
  • Garuda Airlines (Indonesia) (U.S. licensing)
  • Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia (U.S. operations)
  • Cayman Airways (U.S. operations)
  • Eastar Jet (Korea) (launch of U.S. operations)
  • Jeju Air (Korea) (launch of U.S. operations/licensing)
  • EuroAtlantic Airways (Portugal) (U.S. licensing, wet leasing and traffic rights)
  • TAME EP (Ecuador) (launch of U.S. operations)
  • Travel Service /Smart Wings (Czech Republic) (U.S. operations and wet leasing)
  • Privilege Style Lineas Aereas, S.A. (Spain) (U.S. operations and wet leasing)
  • Yangtze River Express (China) (U.S cargo operations and licensing
  • Beijing Capital Airlines (China) (U.S. licensing and operations)
  • Viva Air (Colombia) (U.S. operations)

Professional Highlights

  • Recognized in Chambers USA, Aviation: Regulatory - Nationwide (2020-2021)
  • Contributor to USA Today, National Public Radio, CNBC and Wall Street Journal Radio on aviation, travel law and transportation security issues.
  • International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers (2013 – 2020)

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  • Speaker at the annual ACC Airline Conference (2007 – 2019)

Honors & Awards

  • Profiled as a key member of Pillsbury’s Latin Lawyer 250-ranked practice in the region.
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S., Aviation and Air Travel - Regulation (2018-2019)


  • J.D., Tulane University Law School

    B.A., Brandeis University


  • District of Columbia