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Open & Fair Skies Report: Reconsidering the U.S.-UAE Aviation Relationship


Washington D.C. – The Partnership for Open & Fair Skies issued the following statement regarding a new analysis released today by Georgetown University professor Dr. Rob Britton, titled, “Reconsidering the U.S.-UAE Aviation Relationship.”  The paper examines how the airlines of the United Arab Emirates, Emirates and Etihad, receive enormous subsidies that distort the aviation marketplace and create an unfair playing field for U.S. carriers.

“Dr. Britton makes a clear and compelling argument for why U.S. carriers are standing up against massive government-funded subsidies at Etihad Airways, Emirates and Qatar Airways,” said Jill Zuckman, chief spokesperson for the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies.  “As his paper demonstrates, the Gulf carriers receive ‘stunning and unprecedented’ financial support from the UAE that dramatically upends the aviation marketplace.  As more experts study this case and the evidence, we are encouraged that they are supporting our request for the U.S. government to open consultations with the UAE under the Open Skies agreement. That is why we are asking the U.S. government to freeze Gulf carrier flights at current levels until this issue is resolved.”

Dr. Britton is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, a senior advisor at the Eno Center for Transportation and an aviation consultant.

The paper by Dr. Britton can be found here.  

Background on the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies

The Partnership for Open & Fair Skies is a coalition that includes American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, along with the Air Line Pilots Association, the Allied Pilots Association, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the Association of Flight Attendants, the Communications Workers of America and the Airline Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.  Most recently, the Partnership presented a White Paper, Restoring Open Skies: The Need to Address Subsidized Competition from State-own Airlines in Qatar and the UAE, to the U.S. government.  The Partnership called on the Obama Administration to open consultations under the Open Skies agreements with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to address the flow of subsidized capacity to the U.S., with a freeze on new passenger service during the consultations. 

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