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Because of your support, more than 300 members of Congress have already spoken out to enforce our Open Skies agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Learn how the future of U.S. aviation is at stake and what you can do to join the fight and help save American jobs.

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Emirates Airline. Etihad Airways. Qatar Airways. These three airlines, also known as the Gulf carriers, are state-owned enterprises that are subsidized by their countries’ governments. This means that the Gulf carriers have a constant flow of money, and they can set ticket prices as low as they want.

So while the Gulf carriers are quickly expanding international services, U.S. airlines can’t compete with their unreasonably low prices and are cutting routes to international destinations. Even though the Gulf carriers are based in countries a fraction of the size of the U.S. and China, they have more than twice as many wide-body aircraft on order as both countries combined. The numbers just don’t add up. The Gulf carriers are violating the Open Skies Agreements. And those violations are causing U.S. carriers to lose international routes and American people to lose jobs. The future of U.S. aviation is at stake, and it’s time to speak up and protect it.

American Industry

Just the facts

The future is affected in more ways than one. Educate yourself on the Gulf carriers’ violations and act now to protect U.S. jobs. Learn more on the Partnership for Open and Fair Skies website.

  • Save American Industries

    • Government subsidies create unfair competition among industries, making it impossible to keep up.
    • China took over the American steel industry with government subsidized companies.
    • The American ship industry was destroyed by government-owned shipbuilding companies in China, Korea, and Japan.
    • Our companies can’t compete with billions of dollars in government funding.
  • The Numbers Don't Add Up

    • The Gulf Carriers have 543 wide-body aircraft on order, but they don’t have correlating market demand.
    • So what are the Gulf Carriers planning to do with those aircraft?
  • Protect U.S. Jobs

    • The Gulf carriers have the unfair advantage of their government providing them billons of dollars in subsidies. It’s putting U.S. carriers at risk of going out of business.
    • For every international route that U.S. airlines lose, 1500 Americans lose their jobs.
    • Gulf carriers have already taken over international routes in Asia, Australia, and Europe by pushing legacy carriers off critical international routes.
    • Gulf carriers have openly stated they’re coming for U.S. routes as they run out of markets to target.
    • There are 1.2 million American workers who rely on a strong U.S. aviation industry.
  • Learn About Subsidies

    • The Gulf carriers have received over $50 billion in subsidies over the past decade because they’re subsidized by their countries’ governments.
    • Because they have large sums of money available, these three airlines don’t have to rely on profit.
    • These subsidies are a clear violation of Open Skies policy, which is based on the principle of fair competition in a marketplace free of government distortion.

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WHAT WE'RE DOING

Delta is working with United Airlines, American Airlines, and a number of aviation unions through the Partnership with Open & Fair Skies, calling on the president and Congress to enforce Open Skies agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Delta employees have also been visiting the offices of House and Senate members in person, pressing them to tackle the unfair subsidies given to the Gulf carriers. Because of these actions, more than 300 members of Congress have spoken out to support American aviation jobs. Read more below.

Fight against Gulf carriers reaches major milestones

The fight to end massive Gulf carrier subsidies and enforce Open Skies agreements with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates reached two important milestones this week, with actions by Congress and Delta employees alike reaching impressive new thresholds. The Partnership for Open & Fair Skies announced today that 300 members of Congress have sent letters calling for the U.S. government to put a stop to the Gulf carrier trade violations.

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Op-Ed: Sen. Perdue pushes for fair airline competition, end to Gulf subsidies

U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) is voicing his support for a level playing field among airlines worldwide. In an op-ed published today in The Hill, Sen. Perdue claims, “Open Skies deals are tough provisions meant to ensure fair competition that is not tainted by market distortions.”

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Seven U.S. Senators call on the administration to enforce Open Skies agreements

In letters released today by the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies, seven U.S. Senators from both sides of the aisle asked the Trump administration to stand up for American workers by enforcing trade agreements currently being violated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar.

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Minnesota employees rally for fair airline competition, end to Gulf subsidies

More than 700 Delta people filled a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport hangar this week in the latest demonstration of employee support for enforcing Open Skies agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar and protecting American aviation jobs.

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Delta video educates employees on Gulf carrier subsidies

To explain the threat subsidized state-owned Gulf carriers pose to Delta, the U.S. aviation industry and millions of jobs, the airline produced for its employees this week a video featuring the perspectives of Delta employees and executives, as well as experts in trade, economics and aviation.

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Delta releases full-length video educating employees on Gulf carrier subsidies

To explain the threat subsidized state-owned Gulf carriers pose to Delta, the U.S. aviation industry and millions of jobs, the airline produced for its employees a ​video featuring the perspectives of Delta employees and executives, as well as experts in trade, economics and aviation.

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'Our livelihoods at stake:' Employees make case against Gulf carriers on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON - For Maria Bartlett, Delta’s effort to urge U.S. legislators to enforce aviation trade agreements isn’t some intellectual debate over arcane rules or industry policy.

It’s about jobs. Hers and her husband’s.

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Statement from Partnership for Open & Fair Skies on Emirates route to Newark

Follow Delta News Hub on TwitterFollow Delta News Hub on FacebookGoogle+Follow Delta News Hub on LinkedInEmail Delta News Hub Washington, D.C. – In response to Emirates’ planned fifth freedom route from Dubai to Newark through Athens, the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies issued the following statement:

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Minnesota’s representatives ask Trump Administration to enforce Open Skies

All eight members of Minnesota’s delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives released a letter today sent to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao asking for action against egregious trade violations by Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

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Georgia leaders call for enforcing Open Skies to protect U.S. jobs

Today, leading members of Georgia’s business community and the top political figures in the state released letters calling for action against major violations of international trade deals by the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

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Congress urges U.S. president to bar new Emirates Athens-Newark flight

On Wednesday, 25 members of Congress from the New York/New Jersey area sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. President Trump, which urged him to take action to enforce America’s Open Skies agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar.

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