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Smaller U.S. airlines bash Senate tax bill provision targeting Gulf carriers

JetBlue Airways, Hawaiian Airlines and other U.S. passenger and cargo carriers are vehemently opposing a provision in the Senate tax bill that would mandate several foreign airlines to pay U.S. corporate taxes on part of their profits. The three major U.S. carriers — Fort Worth-based American Airlines, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Chicago-based United Airlines — are embroiled in a long-running trade row with Persian Gulf carriers Emirates Airline, Etihad …

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IATA against provisions in US tax reforms

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) voiced out its disapproval to amendments of provisions in United States tax reform, that seek to tax any foreign air carrier whose home country does not have an income tax treaty with the US and has fewer than two arrivals and departures per week from major US airlines. The changes are backed in the Isakson Provision in the Chairman’s Modification to the Chairman’s Mark …

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United States: Senate tax proposal could prove costly for foreign carriers

A proposal included in the Senate tax bill could prove costly to foreign airlines, including Gulf-based airlines that have been accused of receiving billions of dollars in unfair state subsidies. The provision would compel specific carriers that are based outside of the country to United States corporate taxes on money earned in the country if U.S. airlines do not have at least two weekly departures to or arrivals from the …

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Row between U.S. and Persian Gulf carriers set to intensify

The years long spat between United States and Persian Gulf carriers – Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways PJSC – is about to reach fever pitch. This after Etihad said that a measure that make part of the Senate’s tax-reform bill contains “language that is inappropriate under U.S. law and runs contrary to several international agreements.” The remarks are about an addition to the bill that calls for foreign airlines …

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Arab carriers seek to put down US proposal to remove tax exemptions for foreign airlines

Representatives for Arab airlines, which include Emirates and Etihad Airways, are looking for measures to nip a US proposal to take away the longstanding tax exemption for foreign airlines. The move, should it be ratified, would result in increased fares for passengers and damage to global networks, said the representing body of the Arab carriers. The Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO) – whose 30-strong membership network also includes Gulf Air, …

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UAE signs MoU with US FAA and Swedish National Space Board

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB). The MoU signifies collaboration between the parties involved in the development of UAE’s commercial space transportation safety framework and sharing knowledge and best practices. The entities would also jointly organize workshops, symposiums, conferences, and working groups to endorse industry standards and back the development …

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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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United States: House Democrat unveils new legislation bolstering airline consumer protections

A House Democrat recently unveiled a new bill strengthening airline consumer protections, in the aftermath of a United Airlines passenger getting violently dragged off a flight earlier this year. Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) revealed a bill ahead of the hectic Thanksgiving travel period next week, which would direct airlines to give passengers with a one-page “bill of rights.” The European Union already necessitates an identical document to be posted on …

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United States prohibits airlines from flying near North Korea due to unannounced missile launches

The United States has barred U.S. airlines from flying over a large part of the Sea of Japan due to the threat of North Korea’s unannounced missile launches. The mandate comes mere months after a missile came uncomfortable close to an airline bearing hundreds of passengers. Majority of North Korea’s airspace—called the Pyongyang Flight Information Region—is already off limits to U.S. airlines. However, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration continued to …

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Green light given for EU talks with US to extend air transport lease arrangements

The European Council gave the European Commission the green light to hold talks with the United States to clarify its air transport agreement, and remove any time constraints on the possibility for airlines to lease aircrafts along with their crew. The industry practice called “wet leasing” is convenient for airlines to launch new routes and react to, for example, seasonal demand for tourist-favored locales. Increased flexibility for aircraft operators offers …

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