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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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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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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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US airlines workers call on Trump for action on Middle East carriers’ unfair subsidies

Pilots and flight attendants from various airlines stormed Capitol Hill to have their voice be heard in their complaint that Gulf carriers are using subsidies from their home countries to tilt the table in their favor especially on lucrative international routes. And their call for President Donald Trump to take action leaned on the same populist pitch that fueled the Republican’s rise. “President Trump has made it clear that stopping …

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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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United States Congress members warn airline executives to shape up or else

Members of the United States Congress gave airline executives a stern warning to “seize this opportunity” to shape up or suffer dire consequences. The warning comes after customer service disasters, that saw a passenger get dragged off an overbooked flight and a flight attendant violently confiscating a baby stroller. Bigwigs from United, Alaska, Southwest and American Airlines answered questions from the House Transportation Committee and were told that regulations would …

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Airlines for America member airlines committed to never repeat United Airlines incident

Member airlines of the Airlines for America (A4A) have committed to not removing a boarded passenger from an aircraft in a bumping situation and have also vowed to ensure that airline crews are booked in advance. According to A4A President and CEO Nicholas Calio who spoke at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Wings of Change conference in Miami, the United Airlines fiasco in which passenger David Dao was dragged …

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United States’ “Big Three” looking for new top lobbyists

The search is on by the United States’ most prominent airlines – including United Airlines – as they look for a new top lobbyist at a crucial time when their industry has come under fire for the way they treat their passengers. Lawmakers are circling the domestic airline industry after an incident that had a passenger get forcibly taken off an overbooked flight and suffer injuries. Several videos of the …

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United Airlines incident sheds light on practice of “overbooking”

The recent outrage over the video of a United Airlines passenger being dragged off a flight has put the spotlight on the aviation practice of “overbooking”. Overbooking is a practice that carriers rely on to avoid losing money on empty seats when some passengers do not show up for scheduled flights. If they were to stop overbooking, “the only way of trying to compensate for that over the long term …

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Trump to meet with US airlines CEOs

The White House has confirmed that United States President Donald Trump is planning to meet with a number of executives from various US airlines on February 9. While it remains unclear which airline CEOs will be attending the said meeting, White House press secretary Sean Spicer revealed that the president is eager to talk “about economic growth and job creation, how he’s enacting orders to make sure the country’s safe.” …

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