Three Points On Open Skies

Another week is coming to an end, which means it’s been another week of mistruths and false equvalencies from those benefiting from the illegal trade practices of the State of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates and their three state-owned airlines, Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar Airways. As always, A4FS is here to set the record

Newt Gingrich: Trump should enforce our free trade agreement on air travel

Experience shows that letting markets, rather than politics, dictate economic activity creates more value for consumers and frees up capital that ultimately leads to more jobs. This is why I have actively supported free trade and other agreements that remove government barriers and entanglements to international commerce throughout my career. For open markets to work

Myth Busting: Isakson Tax Fairness Provision

Opponents of fair competition in international aviation are actively lobbying against a provision in the Senate’s tax overhaul that would end tax giveaways to foreign airlines from nations that block U.S. airlines from fair competition. The language drafted by Senator Isakson ensures that the U.S. tax code does not offer preferential tax treatment to foreign

SENATE VOTES TODAY: Tax Fairness Provision is CRITICAL for American aviation & its workers

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to take up its tax overhaul legislation today. Included in the bill is a provision by Senator Isakson that would establish fairness in the U.S. tax code with respect to international aviation. Already, those who benefit from this preferential treatment are seeking to distort the truth regarding this provision and

Fedex: A Fair-Weather Friend of Fair Competition

Friends, We pulled the following quote from a petition sent to the U.S. Department of Transportation: “The Department is required to ensure that U.S. air carriers compete on equal footing with foreign air carriers.” We agree with this phrase, but we didn’t write it. Who filed it? It wasn’t a U.S. passenger carrier or interest

And… He’s at it again: Kevin Mitchell’s misinformation campaign on Open Skies continues

It appears that Kevin Mitchell, the Gulf carriers’ most vocal advocate/unregistered lobbyist, has once again deliberately misrepresented the facts surrounding the Open Skies subsidy fight to strengthen his fundamentally flawed argument against America’s three largest airlines. In a recent Aviation Week opinion piece, Mitchell pushes the same false and tired narrative he’s become known for,

Let’s Not Throw A Wrench In An Economic Engine

t’s interesting how you can look at the same thing in different ways, just take airplanes: Many people will look at a commercial aircraft and focus on the jet engines. I look at airplanes and see economic engines. Together, American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines support over 1.2 million American jobs.

A4FS Responds to Mark Perry

Well, this is awkward. This morning, a blog was published by Mark Perry, an Economics Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, in which he used his platform to seemingly argue on behalf of the largest trade violation in U.S. history. Which seems a little odd, because the issue at hand is an economic one, and

We Want to Fly to India, Mideast – Enforce Trade Deals and We Will, Delta CEO Says

Delta Air Lines (DAL) would resume flights to India and the Middle East if the U.S. were to successfully restrain the growth of the Middle East carriers, says CEO Ed Bastian. “When we win this fight, we’re going to go back to India,” Bastian said during a 15-minute movie intended to explain Delta’s involvement in

Qatar Airways Bid to Buy 10% of American Airlines ‘Must Be Stopped,’ American Pilots Say

Qatar Airways wants to buy 10% of American Airlines Group Inc.  (AAL) , the Fort Worth, Texas, based company said Thursday, June 22, but the airline said in a filing that it didn’t solicit the proposed investment. American shares rose 2.6% on Thursday to $49.68. The Allied Pilots Association, which represents American’s pilots, blasted the offer.

Europe to Toughen Airline Rules to Face Off Mideast Competition

The European Union will propose stricter rules on Thursday to allow the region’s airlines to challenge perceived unfair competition from overseas rivals. The move comes after repeated complaints by European and U.S. airlines that major Middle Eastern carriers such as Emirates Airline, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways have grabbed market share by using state subsidies

U.S. should enforce Open Skies agreements

Competition from the global exchange of goods and services benefits consumers and countries, while unfair competition penalizes those who play by the rules and erodes confidence in the rules themselves. That’s why it’s essential that international agreements governing free trade are upheld. Accordingly, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao should

U.S. should enforce Open Skies agreements

Competition from the global exchange of goods and services benefits consumers and countries, while unfair competition penalizes those who play by the rules and erodes confidence in the rules themselves. That’s why it’s essential that international agreements governing free trade are upheld. Accordingly, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao should

Editorial: Raising an alarm about unfair airline competition

Free markets aren’t so free when one side has its thumb on the scale. That’s the gist of Delta Air Lines’ argument as it makes its case about a competitive threat. The situation pits Delta and the nation’s other top airlines against aggressive, state-owned — and subsidized — carriers from certain Middle East countries. There is

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