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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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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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US Travel Association research shows that Open Skies Agreement supports over 15 million jobs

The United States Airlines for Open Skies Coalition (USAOS) has released a fact sheet pointing out that the demands of the three legacy carriers for immediate action on the three Gulf based carriers would actually threaten the tourism and manufacturing industry in the country. The group referred to research that was done by the United States Travel Association which uncovered that 75 million international visitors spent nearly $250 billion in …

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Emirates president: Americans are being fed a distorted view of the Open Skies agreement

 By Sir Timothy Clark – fownews.com James Burnley’s July 22 OpEd – “It’s time to defend US airlines and workers”– was the latest chapter in a longstanding misinformation campaign driven by the Big 3 U.S. carriers (including Mr. Burnley’s client, American Airlines). The Big 3’s goal is to preserve their domination of the U.S. long-haul market by pulling out of America’s longstanding and mutually beneficial Open Skies trade agreement with the United Arab …

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Airline groups lobby for Trump administration to protect Gulf carriers routes to the United States

Airline and travel groups are pushing the Trump administration to give protection to Gulf carriers routes to the United States, which have come under intense scrutiny for allegedly receiving massive foreign subsidies. 28 organizations representing the airline, travel and tourism sectors penned a letter to members of the administration, expressing their resolute support for the retention of existing international Open Skies aviation agreements. The group reasoned that the current framework …

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Qatar Airways drops plans to purchase stake in American Airlines

In what can only be described as yet another sign of the deepening dispute between the United States and the Gulf-based carriers, Qatar Airways has announced that it would no longer pursue an ownership stake in American Airlines. Earlier, American had notified both Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi that it would stop its codesharing agreements with them. Back in June, Qatar Airways notified American Airlines of its …

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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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Mr. President: US Open Skies policy the gold standard for trade agreements

eturbonews.com Business Travel Coalition published the following letter to US President Donald J. Trump and Members of the US Congress: July 25, 2017 President Donald J. Trump The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Trump, US Open Skies agreements with the UAE and Qatar have delivered huge benefits to US consumers, aerospace manufacturers, the travel and tourism industry and the economy writ large. The two …

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