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Still More Evidence of the Damage from Gulf Airlines

Rob Britton | Posted 02.01.2016 | Business
Rob Britton

Evidence continues to pile up to prove, beyond any doubt, that the hugely-subsidized Gulf airlines - Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways - are...

Bullying in the Airline Business?

Rob Britton | Posted 01.27.2016 | Business
Rob Britton

Earlier this month, at a press conference in Los Angeles, the CEO of Qatar Airways, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, once again said he and his airline were being "bullied" by U.S. airlines, notably American and Delta.

The Gulf Airline Trade Dispute: Action in Europe, Silence in the U.S.

Rob Britton | Posted 01.14.2016 | Business
Rob Britton

As we enter a new year, massive subsidies to the Gulf airlines - Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways - continue, while carriers around the glo...

The Gulf Airline Trade Dispute: The Bad News Keeps on Coming

Rob Britton | Posted 12.14.2015 | Business
Rob Britton

United Airlines announced that in January it will end its nonstop Washington-Dubai flights. The news adds another proof point to the mass of evidence that the hugely-subsidized Gulf airlines are harming the U.S. aviation industry and violating the terms of the "Open Skies" agreements.

More Proof that the Three Big Gulf Airlines Get Massive Subsidies

Rob Britton | Posted 12.01.2015 | Business
Rob Britton

"Prove it" is a phrase we learn from an early age. For most of this year, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and seven aviation tra...

Dramatic, Negative Consequences if the Government Fails to Enforce Open Skies Agreements

Rob Britton | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business
Rob Britton

It's time for the Obama administration to act. Failure to act will put the U.S. airlines, their workers, communities across the country that rely on service and the entire American aviation industry in serious jeopardy.

We're All in This Together: How Subsidized Gulf Carriers Threaten the U.S. Domestic Airline Network

Rob Britton | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
Rob Britton

One of the fibs that the Gulf airlines and their supporters keep repeating is that U.S. airlines are being "protectionist," which couldn't be further from the truth. American, Delta, and United don't need protection from competition.

Emirates Airline's One Percenters

Rob Britton | Posted 10.20.2015 | Business
Rob Britton

If you're Emirates, based in Dubai, Etihad from Abu Dhabi, or Qatar Airways from that country, you can install showers, butlers and bars on your A380s because your government owners deliver wheelbarrows of subsidy cash.

Why Emirates Is Not a Real Airline

Rob Britton | Posted 09.11.2015 | Business
Rob Britton

Open Skies agreements have served U.S. carriers very well, enabling them to grow overseas, and to partner with European and Asian airlines to expand their networks. But U.S. airlines cannot - and should not have to - compete with airlines with short paths to enormous government treasuries.

Accounting Shenanigans at the UAE's Etihad Airways

Rob Britton | Posted 09.01.2015 | Business
Rob Britton

U.S. airlines have learned to compete in a global marketplace. They ask no special favors; only that our government provide equal opportunity to compete, and act to control airlines that could not exist without enormous and ongoing state capitalism.

Is This a Luxury You Want to Buy?

Rob Britton | Posted 07.17.2015 | Business
Rob Britton

The three Gulf mega-airlines, Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar Airways, leverage billions of dollars in government subsidies to provide high-end indulgences to their passengers - but for too long the human cost of these luxuries has been hidden from the flying public.

Clearing the Air on Open Skies

Roger Dow | Posted 07.10.2015 | Business
Roger Dow

Preserving Open Skies is critical to thousands of businesses all across America and millions of U.S. jobs that depend on international travel. These agreements exist to benefit the entire travel industry and the broader U.S. economy, not just three airlines.

Open Skies

Hector Barreto | Posted 06.19.2015 | Business
Hector Barreto

Right now, a trio of airlines from the Persian Gulf isn't playing by the rules -- the very rules that their own governments agreed to.

Marina Fang

Rahm Emanuel Reverses Position On Policy That Would Affect Chicago-Based United Airlines

HuffingtonPost.com | Marina Fang | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO -- In a move that shows why Chicago's called "clout city," United Airlines may have used its political influence to strong-arm Chicago Mayor R...

Why I Left Delta and Took My Diamonds Elsewhere

John Nicholson | Posted 02.07.2015 | Travel
John Nicholson

In this traveler's eyes, American air carriers generally, and Delta specifically, have slipped from atop the quality and service rankings. They have gone from diamonds to diamonds in the rough. And with a good bit of polishing, we may both one day be Diamonds again.

U.S. Calls on China to Lift Flight Limits (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 12.18.2013 | Travel
Nicholas Kralev

China's continuing refusal to lift all limits on flights to and from the United States hurts Chinese business travelers and prevents Chinese carriers from enjoying the full benefits of access to the U.S. airline market.

PHOTOS: 8 Reasons You Should Head To France Now

Elizabeth Thorp | Posted 01.06.2012 | Travel
Elizabeth Thorp

Who needs the sweltering crowds of summer when you can sip café au lait on the Champs Elysées and save beaucoup Euros?

"Open Skies" Air Travel Treaty So Far Little Help To Flyers

The Wall Street Journal | SCOTT MCCARTNEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Ending government limits on flights between the U.S. and Europe was supposed to ignite lots of new competition and offer consumers cheaper fares acros...