Travelers recently completed a strategic review of its Aviation business, and concluded that it is no longer a strategic fit with its U.S. Business Insurance operations. While the company has been pleased with the performance of the business thus far, the coverages, limits and reinsurance required to be effective in the U.S. aviation insurance market are outside of Travelers' underwriting position and appetite.
Travelers is exiting the U.S. Aviation Business and ceased quoting new business for U.S. general aviation. Existing quotes will be honored, with the exception that Travelers will not bind any new business with effective dates beyond December 31, 2009.
Travelers will implement an orderly run-off process for existing policies beginning with effective dates of January 1, 2010, or as soon as practicable in accordance with state legal requirements. We will continue to service and honor policies during the run-off period.
This decision to exit the United States general aviation business does not affect Travelers' commitment to the worldwide book of Aviation business written through the Syndicate 5000 platform at Lloyd's of London. This U.S.-based decision to exit the U.S. general aviation market is not related in any way to the business written within the Syndicate 5000.