Emirates critical of ’Big 3’ US airlines for ‘misinfo campaign’

Dhaka,  Tue,  26 September 2017
Published : 14 Aug 2017, 21:17:41

Emirates critical of ’Big 3’ US airlines for ‘misinfo campaign’

DUBAI, Aug 14 (Gulf News): Emirates President Tim Clark lambasted the 'Big 3' US airlines saying they were driving a 'misinformation campaign' with a goal to preserve their domination in the US long-haul aviation market.

In an op-ed for Fox News published recently, Clark said the three US carriers (Delta, American Airlines and United) are trying to block Emirates and other airlines from serving America.

He added that the US carriers are aiming to preserve their domination by pulling out of America's long-standing Open Skies trade agreement with the UAE.

The op-ed he wrote was in response to an earlier op-ed on Fox News written by James Burnley who served as the US Secretary of Transportation under President Ronald Reagan.

Currently an adviser to American Airlines and a partner at Venable, Burnley said in a piece that the UAE and Qatar have failed to follow the Open Skies agreement without controversy.

He also claimed that the UAE and Qatar have propped their state-owned carriers - Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways - with over $50 billion in subsidies since 2004. Burnley said it was time for the US government to "stand up for US airlines and workers, and stop the subsidies." In his op-ed, Emirates' Clark stressed that "Emirates competes on a commercial basis and does not receive subsidies."

He highlighted a report released earlier stating that Emirates supported 104,000 American jobs and contributed $21.3 billion in revenues to the US economy.

"We brought hundreds of thousands of new travellers to the United States (US) and helped increase competitive air transport options for more than one million American and international travellers who flew with us - generating $3.2 billion of new trade-based revenue for the US," Clark wrote in his op-ed.

He added that Emirates was the world's largest buyer of US-built Boeing aircraft, and a key reason why the US has a $19 billion trade surplus with the UAE.

He further said that the US carriers have themselves taken advantage of government-sponsored benefits including a $15 billion bailout, pension-relief legislation, fuel-tax breaks and other types of support from state governments.
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