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AACO Secretary General bullish on growth of Arab airlines

In spite of the many pressing issues that the region faces, the growth of Arab airlines remains all but assured. This was the assessment of Arab Air Carriers’ Organization (AACO) Secretary General Abdul Wahab Teffaha, which he shared during his address at the AGM in Sharjah. Teffaha said history was a good harbinger of the future. In the half century since AACO was established, passenger traffic growth has continued to …

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AACO approves resolutions on EU competition regulation and security

The Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) has green-lighted the following resolutions during the 50th AGM: Resolution on competition issues in relations with the EU: Regarding the European Commission’s (EC) proposal for a regulation rescinding EU regulation 868/2004 on upholding fair competition in air transport, AACO urged EU institutions to deliberate observations on the EC proposal forwarded by some Arab parties, including AACO, to the EC and EU Parliament. AACO called …

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United States: Elimination of income tax exemptions for certain airlines being floated

A United States congressional proposal that would take away income tax exemptions for specific airlines could impact major carriers from the Gulf, potentially making an already tense situation between U.S. airlines and their Middle East rivals, even worse. U.S. carriers have long expressed their desire for the federal government to step in in what they perceive to be unfair competition by the three major Gulf airlines. The proposal, which is …

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Delta reports campaign to enforce Open Skies agreements gaining traction

Delta announced that their fight to enforce Open Skies agreements with both Qatar and the United Arab Emirates has gained ground following two milestones this past week, “with actions by Congress and Delta employees alike reaching impressive new thresholds.” The US carrier declared that 300 members of the Congress have already written to the Trump administration, urging it to tackle “the more than $50 billion in unfair subsidies that the …

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US Lawmakers urge trump to crack whip on Gulf carriers

Lawmakers in Congress are urging United President Donald Trump to crack the whip on Gulf airlines that are allegedly pocketing billions of dollars in state subsidies. 300 members have, in a series of letters, asked the White House to take a closer look into what they perceive to be violations of international Open Skies agreements by Gulf carriers Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Emirates. The U.S. aviation industry has long …

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UAE Ambassador to the United States pays visit to Boeing facility, stresses benefits of “Open Skies” agreement

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba, recently paid a visit to the Charleston-area Boeing facility whose employees would build the 500 airplanes UAE carriers ordered. During the visit, Al Otaiba spotlighted the many mutual benefits of the commercial aviation sector and of the UAE-US “Open Skies” aviation agreement to both countries. “With more than 500 aircraft purchased or on order, UAE airlines continue …

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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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Major U.S. airlines continue to press Trump administration for action on Gulf carriers

The top three airlines of the United States met with members of the Trump administration to push for a White House crackdown on Middle Eastern nations, which they have accused of unfairly subsidizing their state-run airlines. Chief executives of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines met with the U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. The U.S.’ aviation sector has long been up in arms over allegations that Emirates, …

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