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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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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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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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Trump’s administration considering options regarding relationship with Gulf carriers

The administration of United States President Donald Trump is looking at their options regarding their relationship with carriers from the Middle East. Members from the National Economic Council, National Security Council and Department of Transportation met with White House advisors to tackle the nation’s Open Skies Agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, as US legacy operators continue to raise the issue that Gulf airlines are unfairly subsidized. Sources …

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EU’s proposal to safeguard competition may flush out protectionist complaints against Gulf airlines

by CAPA European aviation regulators have drawn the battle line between those seeking a protectionist response to Gulf competition and those that do not want to see such regulatory backsliding. On 8-Jun-2017 the European Commission published a proposal aimed at safeguarding competition in air transport. This was the highlight among a number of measures adopted by the Commission to progress the Aviation Strategy that it issued in Dec-2015. The Commission proposes …

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US and EU aviation officials cautious of protectionism impacting open skies deals

Officials from both the United States and Europe have expressed caution against protectionism potentially affecting open skies agreements, as they celebrate the 25th anniversary of the very first US open skies deal. “There are challenges on the horizon” ,said Henrik Hololei, the European Commission’s Director-General for Mobility and Transport. “It’s important to not hide behind the protectionism, and to enable the entry of new players in the market.” Hololei was …

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Trump administration reconsidering aviation agreements with Middle East airlines

The Trump administration is giving a couple of international aviation agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar second thoughts after they were accused of being illegally subsidized by Persian Gulf countries. The Trump administration have been repeatedly urged by the three major US airlines— Delta, United and American — for action on the matter, arguing that they simply offer no match against the deep coffers of the competition. National …

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American Airlines chief against Qatar Airways plans to buy shares in company

American Airlines’ Chief Executive Doug Parker bared that is not at all enthused with regards to Qatar Airways’ plans of purchasing as much as 10% stake of the former’s shares. In a letter penned to employees of American, Parker vowed to continue American’s “full court press … to stand up to companies that are illegally subsidized by their governments.” Parker also said that he was puzzled by Qatar Airways’ proposed …

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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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The biggest Trump-era trade dispute may be over airlines. Here’s what’s happening.

By Ashley Nunes https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/06/16/the-biggest-trump-era-trade-dispute-may-be-over-airlines-heres-whats-happening/?utm_term=.d0b15a27515b The trade dispute that some call the biggest in history continues to simmer. For over two years, American, Delta and United Airlines have claimed that their competitors in the Gulf — Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways — are receiving billions of dollars in government subsidies, violating the spirit of bilateral air service agreements. These agreements — commonly known as Open Skies — are essentially free-trade pacts. …

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