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U.S. Travel Association launches website supporting open skies agreements

A website promoting open skies aviation agreements has been launched by The United States Travel Association. The website has dubbed “Voices for Open Skies” and it’s a platform where one can find data that highlights the economic impact of the Gulf carriers – Emirates, Etihad and Qatar – on the U.S. cities they operate to. The site boasts of quotes from business owners and travelers who claim they benefit when …

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JetBlue CEO Blasts Big U.S. Airlines for Wielding ‘Anti-Consumer Power’

By Brian Sumers – skift.com JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes on Monday criticized United, American and Delta airlines for opposing the three-largest Gulf carriers as they expand in the United States, calling the situation “…the perfect illustration of how we see mega-carriers trying to use their muscle and deep pockets to limit competition.” “The Big 3 act like it’s the end of the world,” Hayes told the Aero Club of Washington, …

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Gulf airlines watch Open Skies turn to empty skies

Sean Cronin – arabnews.com The battle for Open Skies is turning to one of empty skies for Gulf airlines trying to fill the cabins of planes flying to the US. Rampant trans-Atlantic route expansion by the big three regional carriers over the last two years is putting pressure on their profitability amid fierce fare competition and passenger frustration with increased security vetting. The aggressive push by Emirates, Etihad Airways and …

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United Airlines President says he expects U.S. government to do the right thing against Gulf carriers

United Airlines President Scott Kirby believes that the United States government will eventually come around to “do the right thing” and make a decision against the three Middle Eastern airlines which are flooding the market with cheap fares. “Our political system in the United States is messy and often frustrating, but the great thing about this country is at the end of the day, we do the right thing,” Kirby …

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India – SC asks BJP leader to file amended plea in bid to squash Jet Airways-Etihad alliance

The Supreme Court of India has requested Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy to enter a revised plea, which looks to suppress an alliance between Jet Airways and Etihad Airways, by also challenging the bilateral agreement of India and the UAE on raising the number of flights. Additional Solicitor General P S Narsimha, representing the Centre, informed a bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that Swamy was to specially …

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Corporate executives urge US Secretary of State to keep aviation pacts with Gulf nations

Supporters of Middle Eastern airlines claim that major United States carriers cannot prove that new flight routes come at the cost of American jobs. This, they declared during a half-hour meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Opening talks with the governments of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar over trade claims could hurt travel and tourism and urge other countries to take actions against the U.S. “with some …

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Texas lawmakers press Trump administration to act on subsidized foreign airlines

Nearly the entire congressional delegation from Texas has banded together to call for the Trump administration to do something about foreign airlines that are competing with United States airlines under international “Open Skies” pacts using subsidies from their governments. The lawmakers wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other Trump cabinet members, and pointed out the “anticompetitive practices” of three subsidized Middle Eastern carriers – Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines, …

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Major airlines urge Trump to take action against Gulf carriers accused of Open Skies violations

Three of the United States largest airlines along with several members of Congress are making noise again in order to sway the federal government into taking action against Middle Eastern countries who are allegedly subsidizing their state-run airlines. Delta, United, and American Airlines have accused the United Arab Emirates and Qatar of breaching international aviation pacts, known as Open Skies agreements, which permit airlines to operate internationally without government interference. …

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Delta encourages employees to join in the fight against Middle Eastern airlines

Delta is pushing its employees to push forward in their campaign for sanctions to be slapped on Gulf-based airlines Emirates, Etihad and Qatar as the row between the major U.S. international airlines and their Middle Eastern counterparts reaches fever pitch. In a 15-minute video that the carrier released, Delta warns employees that unimpeded expansion by the Gulf carriers could lead to disaster for the U.S. aviation industry. “The rules of …

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Qatar Airways keen on pursuing stake in American Airlines

Qatar Airways has said that it would push forward with plans to buy a stake in American Airlines even though the US-based carrier just recently ended their codeshare agreement. American just announced that it was ending codeshare pacts with Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways as “an extension of our stance against the illegal subsidies that these carriers receive from their governments”. Both Gulf based carriers have denied the allegations. American’s …

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