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Major US airlines get congressional backing in battle against Middle Eastern carriers

United States’ airlines United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines have found new allies in the fight against Middle East-based carriers as a bipartisan group of 17 members of the Illinois’s congressional delegation have signaled their support in urging US President Donald Trump to crack down on alleged trade violations by Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways. The aforementioned US airlines have made a lot of noise over their …

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US lifts laptop ban on flights from Abu Dhabi

The United States lifted a ban on laptops inside cabins on flights originating from Abu Dhabi headed to the United States after it found that the United Arab Emirates’ Etihad Airways had put in place better and tighter security measures. Etihad Airways met the news pleasantly and deflected credit to a preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport where passengers clear U.S. immigration before they arrive in the United States …

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Emirates, Etihad, to cooperate with US to implement new security measures

Emirates and Etihad Airways have indicated that they would cooperate with the United States officials in the application of new security instructions that could potentially pave the way for an end to the current laptop ban. The new measures would see the US government imposing new demands for heightened security of flights to America from other nations in a focused bid to stop the threat of bombs being concealed in …

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Research says Gulf carriers brought in $7.8B worth of tourist spending to the US

Gulf carriers have brought in nearly $8 billion worth of tourist spending, according to data that was released by the United States Travel Association. A study involving the 14 cities that are currently being served by the Middle Eastern carriers have shown that last year, Gulf airlines brought nearly 1.7 million additional visitors to the US. These visitors in turn, spent a total of almost $7.8 billion during those trips. …

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How Qatar’s diplomatic crisis will affect air travel

In a stunning move, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar and shut off their airspace and seaports to Qatari vessels and planes. The diplomatic rift has caused incredible havoc with airlines in the region, with prominent long-haul carriers such as Doha-based Qatar Airways and Dubai’s Emirates suspending flights. As a result, passengers have been left stranded in different airports in the …

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Emirates lashes out at Lufthansa’s “contradictory behavior”

Emirates has unleashed scathing remarks against Lufthansa after the German airline partnered with Abu Dhabi carrier Etihad Airways. In what they described as “contradictory behavior”, Emirates used an editorial piece on its public affairs journal, Open Skies, to decry German national carrier’s significant shift in stance. Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan signed a comprehensive partnership with Lufthansa, which includes codesharing, catering, as well as aircraft maintenance. Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr …

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Georgia officials lobby for Trump administration to take action on Gulf-based carriers

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and other state officials have lobbied for the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to act on the long-standing row between U.S. carriers and Middle East airlines. Deal penned a letter and sent it to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Transportation Secretary Elain Chao last month and asked them to “take action” and enforce Open Skies agreements, which govern competition between airlines from different …

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Etihad not cutting U.S. routes in spite of Trump administration-mandated electronics ban

Gulf-based airline Etihad Airways said it remained committed to operating flights in the United States, saying demand remained high in spite of the restrictions imposed on travel and on-board electronic gadgets that was imposed on Middle Eastern carriers like them. The Abu Dhabi-based carrier boldly declared they experienced  “no significant change in demand” on flights to and from the US in recent weeks. “Demand continues to remain strong on all …

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US airlines pen letter urging US President Trump to take action over Gulf airlines

The Partnership for Open & Fair Skies, an alliance between the United States’ top airlines and unions, has sent an open letter to US President Donald Trump in a renewed effort to get action taken against the alleged trade violations made by Gulf-based airline carriers. The letter has since gained traction, getting published in prominent dailies New York Post and New York Times, with critical claims that the quick rise …

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Lufthansa, Air France-KLM ask EU to take action upon unfair practices by Gulf carriers

The flagship airline carriers of France and Germany have lobbied the European Commission to look into and take action upon what they deem to be unfair practices by Gulf airlines. CEOs of Lufthansa and Air France-KLM have written to EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and asked the Commission to provide a clear definition of what practices are anti-competitive in nature and providing for the limitation of traffic rights as a …

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