Articles tagged “open skies”

American Airlines Believes It Doesn’t Need Over-the-Top Luxury to Compete With Gulf Carriers

American Airlines Believes It Doesn’t Need Over-the-Top Luxury to Compete With Gulf Carriers

Brian Sumers, Skift

We're not surprised American Airlines is not interested in blinged-out first and business class cabins. But we're still slightly puzzled at the U.S. carriers' anger toward the Gulf airlines. Yes, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar receive government assistance, but so do a lot of airlines.

3 weeks ago

JetBlue CEO Blasts Big U.S. Airlines for Wielding ‘Anti-Consumer Power’

JetBlue CEO Blasts Big U.S. Airlines for Wielding ‘Anti-Consumer Power’

Brian Sumers, Skift

These are fighting words from JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes, who does not like the tight control the largest U.S. airlines have over domestic and international markets.

2 months ago

United Airlines President Expects U.S. Action Against Gulf Carriers Someday

United Airlines President Expects U.S. Action Against Gulf Carriers Someday

Brian Sumers, Skift

This Open Skies debate never goes away, does it? So far, the Trump administration hasn't treated it much differently than the Obama administration, at least publicly. We'll have to see whether it eventually takes a tougher stance.

3 months ago

Qatar Airways May Be Considering Investing in JetBlue After Passing on American

Qatar Airways May Be Considering Investing in JetBlue After Passing on American

Deena Kamel Yousef and Glen Carey, Bloomberg

JetBlue and other carriers in North America could be on Qatar Airways' target list for investment after being spurned by American Airlines. It remains to be seen, though, whether JetBlue would welcome the outspoken Akbar Al Baker.

3 months ago

U.S. Travel and JetBlue Meet With Tillerson To Back Open Skies With Gulf Carriers

U.S. Travel and JetBlue Meet With Tillerson To Back Open Skies With Gulf Carriers

Michael Sasso and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Just do the math: That was essentially the message Tillerson heard from U.S. Travel, JetBlue, Fedex and Atlas Air on the job creation inherent in Open Skies agreements with Gulf carriers. It's really tough to predict what action the Trump administration might take on this issue.

4 months ago

American Airlines Eliminates Codeshare Agreements with Qatar Airways and Etihad

American Airlines Eliminates Codeshare Agreements with Qatar Airways and Etihad

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Given the rhetoric American Airlines executives have used to describe their Gulf rivals, this is not a surprise. But the decision will hurt some of American's customers, who rely on Qatar and Etihad to fly them to destinations North American and European carriers don't serve.

4 months ago

Pro-Open Skies Group Tries to Reach Trump Where it Matters — on Cable TV

Pro-Open Skies Group Tries to Reach Trump Where it Matters — on Cable TV

Brian Sumers, Skift

Here's a prediction. The Trump administration may do little on the Open Skies debate. Yes, U.S. airlines probably suffer because of the agreements with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. But plenty of other U.S. interests take advantage of the same agreements to make money.

4 months ago

Southeast Asia Wants to Copy Europe’s Visa-Free Travel

Southeast Asia Wants to Copy Europe’s Visa-Free Travel

Dan Peltier, Skift

Southeast Asian countries have a grand vision for visa-free travel, massive infrastructure projects and more airline competition to grow route networks. However, too much bureaucracy and political unrest stand in the way for this to become a reality in the near-term.

7 months ago

AirAsia CEO Supports Gulf Carriers in Open Skies Dispute

AirAsia CEO Supports Gulf Carriers in Open Skies Dispute

Dan Peltier, Skift

The low-cost, long-haul model will come to Asia, says AirAsia's Tony Fernandes, if customers are willing to pay for it. Fernandes isn't shy about saying he's jealous about some of the moves Norwegian Air has made.

7 months ago

Politicians Ask Trump to Favor 3 Major U.S. Airlines in Gulf Carriers Spat

Politicians Ask Trump to Favor 3 Major U.S. Airlines in Gulf Carriers Spat

David Porter, Associated Press

The three major U.S. carriers hope that the current president's America First position will help them beat back the parts of Open Skies agreements they don't like. These politicians are just lending a hand.

9 months ago

What’s in Store Today for U.S. Airline CEOs at the White House

What’s in Store Today for U.S. Airline CEOs at the White House

David Koenig, Associated Press

Putting "America First" in aviation is just as complicated as any other industry. Does the current U.S. administration have what it takes to make these challenging disctinctions?

9 months ago

U.S. Airline CEOs Want to Discuss Gulf Carrier Feud With Trump Administration

U.S. Airline CEOs Want to Discuss Gulf Carrier Feud With Trump Administration

Michael Sasso, Bloomberg

Here's a prediction. The Trump Administration probably won't mess with long-standing U.S. Open Skies agreements with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Yes, they may make things difficult for Delta, American, and United. But they're too important for other U.S. entities, including global shipping giant Federal Express.

10 months ago