Articles tagged “open skies”

Brazil Open Skies Deal Is Great But Incomplete Without a Visa Waiver Program

Brazil Open Skies Deal Is Great But Incomplete Without a Visa Waiver Program

Dan Peltier, Skift

Do travelers care more about cheaper airfares or not having to schlep to a consulate, pay for a visa, and wait weeks or months for it to arrive? Many travel brands would say visa waivers are more important, and many travelers would agree. The U.S. doesn't seem to be in the business lately of making it easier for travelers to visit, visa waiver program aside.

1 month ago

Virgin Atlantic Does Not Expect Brexit to Harm U.S. Open Skies Agreement

Virgin Atlantic Does Not Expect Brexit to Harm U.S. Open Skies Agreement

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Virgin Atlantic CEO Craig Kreeger was reassured that Open Skies will be preserved after his meetings with key political stakeholders in the United States. Here's hoping.

1 month ago

U.S. and UK Airlines Should Retain Lucrative Transatlantic Air Rights After Brexit

U.S. and UK Airlines Should Retain Lucrative Transatlantic Air Rights After Brexit

Tim Ross, Nick Wadhams and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

This is a no-brainer. No matter what happens with Brexit, U.S. and UK airlines need open skies between the two countries. It would be unthinkable if big airlines lost their rights to fly between London and major U.S. cities.

2 months ago

Qatar Airways Makes Concessions in Long Open Skies Battle With U.S. Legacy Carriers

Qatar Airways Makes Concessions in Long Open Skies Battle With U.S. Legacy Carriers

Nick Wadhams and Michael Sasso, Bloomberg

It looks like the conflict between the U.S. — mostly Delta, American and United — and Qatar Airways is finally over, with Qatar agreeing to make concessions probably because a Saudi-led boycott against Qatar is putting it under duress. Will Emirates and Etihad be next to cut a deal?

3 months ago

U.S. to Discuss Open Skies Issues With Gulf Carrier Governments

U.S. to Discuss Open Skies Issues With Gulf Carrier Governments

Michael Sasso and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

The Trump Administration seems to have as little interest in taking a tough stance against Gulf carriers as the Obama Administration. Yes, the U.S. State Department plans to bring up the subsidy issue in talks with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. But they're expected to be relatively informal discussions.

4 months ago

Lawmakers Ask Transportation Department to Intervene in U.S.-Gulf Carrier Spat

Lawmakers Ask Transportation Department to Intervene in U.S.-Gulf Carrier Spat

Ryan Beene, Bloomberg

This is more complicated than the trade group representing the three largest U.S. airlines likes to suggest. Yes, Gulf carriers probably steal business from U.S. airlines. But if the U.S. punishes them, there could be consequences for other American businesses. This saga requires a delicate solution.

5 months ago

Gulf Airlines Targeted by New Senate Tax Bill

Gulf Airlines Targeted by New Senate Tax Bill

David Fickling, Bloomberg

U.S. airlines have been complaining about the Gulf carriers' unfair advantage for years and this change in the law would put increased pressure on the likes of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Air. If adopted, the law would effectively give Delta, United and American new leverage to restrict competition.

5 months ago

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.

6 months 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.

7 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.

8 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.

8 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.

9 months ago