Recent News 2017-07-11T15:21:37+00:00

Recent News

Airline, Travel, And Tourism Organizations Voice Support For Open Skies In New Letter

August 7, 2017 For Immediate Release Contact: Andrea Christianson; achristianson@hamiltonps.com; (202) 617-3888 Download Letter PDF Airline, Travel, And Tourism Organizations Voice Support For Open Skies In New Letter Washington D.C. – Today, more than 25 [...]

Skift: Pro-Open Skies Group Tries To Reach Trump Where It Matters — On Cable TV

Brian Sumers - July 11, 2017 In a bid to reach President Trump through his favored medium, a trade group representing four influential travel and transportation brands is buying cable TV ads asking the president [...]

Pacific Business News: Hawaiian, Other U.S. Airlines Launch Advertisements Urging Trump To Uphold Open Skies Agreements

Katie Murar - July 11, 2017 As the first U.S. Open Skies agreement turns 25, the U.S. Airlines For Open Skies Coalition - comprised of four U.S. airlines including Hawaiian - is launching advertisements this week [...]

VIDEO: President Trump, Uphold Our Open Skies Agreements

The U.S. Airlines For Open Skies Coalition (USAOS) supports the United States’ Open Skies agreements, which promote U.S. jobs and economic growth. USAOS calls on the Trump Administration to reject the demands of [...]

USAOS Letter To Ambassador Lighthizer

May 15, 2017 Ambassador Robert Lighthizer United States Trade Representative Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 600 17th Street, NW Washington, DC 20508 download PDF Dear Ambassador Lighthizer, As the CEOs of four leading U.S. [...]

Get The Facts

USAOS Jobs Fact Sheet

Legacy Carriers Demand Actions That Would Hurt U.S. Jobs download PDF Delta, United, and American ("legacy carriers") have launched an aggressive and misleading lobbying campaign to restrict access to U.S. routes for two U.S. Open [...]

2017 Aviation Summit Highlights

The 2017 Aviation Summit featured a number of speakers and panelists in the industry, including a number of our coalition's business leaders and allies. The Airline CEO Panel "Maintaining Speed and Altitude," featuring Robin Hayes (JetBlue), [...]

FedEx & JetBlue Respond To Washington Times Column

FedEx President David Bronczek and JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes wrote the following in response to a March 2nd column by Kelly Riddell in The Washington Times. In this response, Bronczek and Hayes set the record straight [...]

USAOS Aviation Subcommittee Hearing Comments

March 14, 2017 The Honorable Frank Lobiondo, Chairman The Honorable Rick Larsen, Ranking Member Subcommittee on Aviation Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure U.S. House of Representatives 2251 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 download [...]

USAOS Letter To Secretary Ross

February 28, 2017 The Honorable Wilbur Ross Secretary of Commerce U.S. Department of Commerce 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20230 download PDF Dear Secretary of Commerce Ross, As the CEOs of four leading U.S. cargo and passenger airlines, [...]

Press Release: Statement On President Trump’s Meeting With U.S. Airline Leaders

February 9, 2017 For Immediate Release Contact: Andrea McCarthy; amccarthy@hamiltonps.com; (202) 617-3888 download PDF USAOS Statement on President Trump's Meeting with U.S. Airline Leaders Washington D.C. –  The U.S. Airlines for Open Skies Coalition (USAOS) today issued the [...]

Press Release: USAOS Writes Letters To Secretaries Tillerson And Chao

February 7, 2017 For Immediate Release Contact: Andrea McCarthy; amccarthy@hamiltonps.com; (202) 617-3888 download PDF USAOS Calls On Secretaries Tillerson And Chao To Protect U.S. Open Skies Agreements; Reject Demands Of Legacy Carriers Washington D.C. – Today, the U.S. Airlines for Open [...]

USAOS Letter To Secretary Chao

February 7, 2017 The Honorable Elaine Chao Secretary of Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20590 download PDF Dear Secretary of Transportation Chao, As the CEOs of four leading U.S. [...]

USAOS Letter To Secretary Tillerson

February 7, 2017 The Honorable Rex Tillerson Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20520 download PDF Dear Secretary of State Tillerson, As the CEOs of four leading U.S. [...]

USAOS Letter to VP-Elect Pence

December 7, 2016 Vice President-elect Mike Pence Chairman Presidential Transition Team 1800 F Street NW, Room G117 Washington, DC 20270–0117 download PDF Dear Vice President-elect Pence, As members of U.S. Airlines for Open Skies (USAOS), [...]

New York Times: U.S. Airlines Face Uphill Struggle Against Mideast Rivals

“...this isn’t the United States against the U.A.E. and Qatar, it is three U.S. airlines who favor protectionism over competition,”

Business Travel Coalition: OpenSkies.travel Background & Membership Information

The U.S. Open Skies policy and resultant market liberalization agreements entered into with governments around the world are under attack...

Wall Street Journal: Bowing To Big 3 Demands Would Hurt The Economy

U.S. open-skies agreements promote tourism and U.S. jobs, generate $4 billion in annual savings for passengers on U.S.-international routes...

The Hill: Keep The Skies Open

America's three most powerful air carriers are asking the government to raise new barriers that would limit competition among passenger...

Politico: JetBlue CEO Says Big Three Don’t Speak For Everybody

Politico: JetBlue CEO Says Big Three Don't Speak For Everybody Kathy Wolfe - August 25, 2015   In the Open Skies fight, the feud so often gets characterized as U.S. airlines vs. Gulf carriers. But [...]

Politico: New Open Skies Group Argues Fight Isn’t Just About Big 3 And Gulf Carriers

Politico: New Open Skies Group Argues Fight Isn't Just About Big 3 And Gulf Carriers Jennifer Scholtes - August 8, 2015   A newly-formed group that contains some U.S. airlines — called U.S. Airlines for Open Skies — want knownthat [...]

Travel Pulse: Open Skies Update – New US Airline Coalition Sides With Gulf Carriers

Travel Pulse: New US Airline Coalition Sides With Gulf Carriers Rich Thomaselli - August 4, 2015   Four U.S. airlines have banded together to support Persian Gulf carriers in a dispute over the Open Skies [...]

The Hill: Smaller Airlines Fight Back In Open Skies Debate

The Hill: Smaller Airlines Fight Back In Open Skies Debate Keith Lang - August 4, 2015   The new group wrote in a letter to the departments of State, Commerce and Transportation that the major [...]

Aviation Daily: Passenger, Cargo Airlines Band Together In Support Of Open Skies

Aviation Week: Passenger, Cargo Airlines Band Together In Support Of Open Skies Madhu Unnikrishnan - August 4, 2015   A new coalition of U.S. airlines has thrown its support behind the government’s existing open skies [...]

Air Transport World: New US Airline Coalition Opposes ‘Big 3’ Gulf Campaign

Air Transport World: New US Airline Coalition Opposes 'Big 3' Gulf Campaign Karen Walker - August 3, 2015   Four US airlines have formed a new coalition to oppose the campaign to fight expansion of [...]

Reuters: New U.S. Airline Group Backs Gulf Carriers In Open Skies Dispute

Reuters: New U.S. Airline Group Backs Gulf Carriers In Open Skies Dispute Lucas Jackson - August 3, 2015   A challenge by U.S. airlines that accuses three Gulf carriers of distorting competition via government subsidies [...]

Wall Street Journal: Four U.S. Airlines Object To Complaints Against Persian Gulf Airlines

Wall Street Journal: Four U.S. Airlines Object To Complaints Against Persian Gulf Airlines Susan Carey - August 3, 2015   A long-running attempt by the three largest U.S. passenger airlines to persuade their government to [...]

USAOS Filing To U.S. Departments Of State, Transportation, and Commerce

Open Skies promotes competition in the aviation sector, increases choice and reduces costs for consumers, facilitates exports for U.S. businesses...

JetBlue Filing To U.S. Departments Of State, Transportation, and Commerce

JetBlue urges the Department to reject the legacy carriers’ call for a freeze on international airline growth to the United States...

Hawaiian Airlines Filing To U.S. Departments Of State, Transportation, and Commerce

Any departure from the Open Skies policy has the prospect of ushering in an era where rights to fly between countries are exchanged on a mercantilist basis.

Atlas Air Worldwide Filing To U.S. Departments Of State, Transportation, and Commerce

Although recent critics sometimes have suggested otherwise, U.S. air carriers have benefitted greatly from the open skies agreements that have been negotiated.

Brookings: Open Skies – Estimating Traverlers’ Benefits From Free Trade In Airline Services

Brookings: Open Skies - Estimating Traverlers' Benefits From Free Trade In Airline Services Clifford Winston and Jia Yan   The United States has negotiated bilateral open skies agreements to deregulate airline competition on US international [...]

U.S. Travel Association: Response To Airline Unions On Open Skies

U.S. Travel Association: Response To Airline Unions On Open Skies March 19, 2015   Statement from U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow in response to concerns expressed by airline unions over Open Skies: "We [...]

FedEx Filing To U.S. Departments Of State, Transportation, and Commerce

FedEx and the other U.S. cargo carriers depend on Open Skies to provide our aircraft and their important cargo access to global marketplaces.

New York Times: Open-Skies Agreements Challenged

New York Times: Open-Skies Agreements Challenged Jad Mouawad - February 6, 2015   For more than two decades, domestic airlines and successive administrations have pushed for, and achieved, broad international agreements that have fostered greater [...]