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Subsidized Gulf Airlines Continue To Dump Seats In The U.S.

Rob Britton | Posted 10.24.2016 | Business
Rob Britton

Earlier this month, two of the three massively subsidized, state-owned Gulf airlines announced additional flights to and from the United States.

I ON EXCEPTIONAL LIVING - Gustavo Bilbao & Qatar Airways Chicago Beach Polo Cup

Irene Michaels | Posted 09.27.2016 | Chicago
Irene Michaels

PHOTO COURTESY OF IRENE MCHAELS Long known as the stronghold for polo in North America, Chicago recently hosted the first ever Qatar Airways Chicago ...

The U.S. Government Breaks Its Own Flight Rules. Again.

Rob Britton | Posted 09.02.2016 | Business
Rob Britton

For the second time in less than a year, the U.S. government has hired Emirates, a massively subsidized, state-owned airline, to fly federal employees, this time between New York and Milan, Italy.

The Gulf Carrier Dispute: U.S. Carriers Notch A Nice Win

Rob Britton | Posted 06.30.2016 | Business
Rob Britton

News that the U.S. Department of State will hold talks next month with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar is, to this longtime observer of U.S. international aviation, a significant victory for American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines.

Victory For Open Skies Is A Victory For Flyers

Roger Dow | Posted 06.29.2016 | Business
Roger Dow

After months of deliberation, the U.S. Department of State on Monday confirmed media reports that the Obama administration has resisted pressure from the Big Three U.S. airlines (American, Delta and United) to dismantle the aviation policy known as Open Skies.

A Ride on Qatar Airways Inaugural ATL Flight

Dayvee Sutton | Posted 06.06.2016 | Travel
Dayvee Sutton

courtesy Adam for Decisive Moment There were some complications in the departure of Qatar Airways inaugural flight out of Atlanta to Doha, Qatar on ...

Human Rights Abuses Arriving at Boston Logan, Courtesy of Qatar Airways

Mike Lux | Posted 03.21.2016 | Impact
Mike Lux

At the Alliance for Workers Against Repression Everywhere (AWARE), we are working to expose U.S. trade relations with companies like Qatar Airways and countries like its namesake that abuse their workers and deny their human rights. That's why we're calling for a boycott.

United Makes Peace by Reinstating Fired Crew, Qatar Not So Much

Christine Negroni | Posted 03.11.2016 | Travel
Christine Negroni

Two stories with big consequences for the participants and lessons for the rest of us were in the news this week. After years of fighting their firing...

Understanding What's Behind Emirates' Potential Budapest-U.S. Flights

Rob Britton | Posted 03.10.2016 | Business
Rob Britton

The fact that no traditional airline has operated the route with financial success is precisely what causes airline experts to wonder about Emirates' interest in the route.

Working Together to Preserve U.S. Airline Jobs

Rob Britton | Posted 02.24.2016 | Business
Rob Britton

When it comes to relations between management and labor, fights always make the news, while cases of collaboration are seldom mentioned.

Fair Trade Coffee -- How About Fair Trade Air Travel?

Rob Britton | Posted 02.12.2016 | Business
Rob Britton

The fair trade movement and concern about ethical sourcing asks consumers, all of us, to think more carefully about what we buy, and to ask hard questions about how producers behave. Air travelers who believe they are people of good will, people who embrace the Golden Rule, should ask the same question when booking a trip.

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...

Nice Landing or Scary Takeoff A350 Enters Service With Both

Christine Negroni | Posted 12.18.2015 | Travel
Christine Negroni

A350 arrives in Brazil photo courtesy TAM What a difference a week makes. Early this morning, TAM Airlines happily welcomed its first Airbus A350 when...

WATCH: The Chilling Moment This Plane Stopped Mid-Takeoff

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 12.14.2015 | Travel

Things got a little bumpy on what was supposed to be a celebratory Qatar Airways flight last week. To debut its swanky Airbus A350 jet in the United ...

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.

Subsidized Gulf Airlines Are Damaging Airlines Globally, Not Just in the U.S.

Rob Britton | Posted 10.14.2016 | Business
Rob Britton

Last month, I spent two weeks teaching grad students about a variety of airline topics in Switzerland, Germany, and Sweden, and after nearly every lecture someone has asked about the impact of the three fast-growing Gulf mega-airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways.

Subsidized Gulf Airlines' Impact on U.S. Cities and Our Airline Network

Rob Britton | Posted 09.23.2016 | Business
Rob Britton

Six months into the trade dispute between the massively subsidized Gulf airlines -- Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways -- and U.S. network carriers, the tactics of the two sides have become familiar.

Accounting Shenanigans at the UAE's Etihad Airways

Rob Britton | Posted 09.01.2016 | 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.

The Best Airlines for In-Flight Entertainment

Hipmunk | Posted 08.18.2016 | Travel

Long flights can be a drag, but there's nothing better to make the time fly and take your mind off cramped economy quarters than a good in-flight entertainment system.

Urgent Action: Gulf Carrier Subsidies Need to Be Addressed Now

Rob Britton | Posted 08.05.2016 | Business
Rob Britton

Our government needs to heed this threat to the U.S. airline grid, to domestic economic objectives, and to good-paying U.S. jobs. As someone who worked in the U.S. airline business for 25 years, I know firsthand that American, Delta, and United can compete, but not on a playing field rigged by limitless resources

We Need Honesty in the Gulf Airline Subsidy Debate

Rob Britton | Posted 07.06.2016 | Business
Rob Britton

I've worked in and around the airline business for 31 years. I have witnessed firsthand how fair competition drives down prices and makes airlines nimble and more efficient.