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 took another turn on Monday with the formation of a U.S. airline group that backs the Gulf-carriers’ cause.

Four long-time supporters of U.S. Open Skies agreements with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, which remove restrictions on flying to and from those states, have formally banded together to create the U.S. Airlines for Open Skies Coalition. They are the air cargo unit of FedEx Corp (FDX.N), JetBlue Airways Corp (JBLU.O), Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc (AAWW.O) and Hawaiian Holdings Inc (HA.O).

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