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 to retain U.S. Open Skies agreements with all countries, including Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, telling him he must protect American jobs.

The new advertisement, running this week on Fox News and MSNBC, comes from the U.S. Airlines For Open Skies coalition, a group funded by Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Federal Express and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings. All four companies benefit from Open Skies agreements in the Middle East and elsewhere— and they claim their employees do, too.

“American Airlines, United and Delta want President Trump to limit competition, jeopardizing Open Skies agreements and millions of American jobs they help support ” the ad’s narrator says. “Mr. President, reject these demands. Protect our jobs. Protect our small business exporters. And protect America’s Open Skies agreements.”

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