Articles tagged “open skies”

The Grounding of the Max 737 Is Stoking More Open Skies Hypocrisy

The Grounding of the Max 737 Is Stoking More Open Skies Hypocrisy

Brian Sumers, Skift

United Airlines supports a trade group that rails against almost everything Qatar Airways does. But this summer, United will put its customers on Qatar Airways jets to fly across the Atlantic. This is interesting, right?

3 weeks ago

U.S. Major Airlines Restart Fight Over Open Skies

U.S. Major Airlines Restart Fight Over Open Skies

Madhu Unnikrishnan, Skift

A long-simmering fight over Open Skies is boiling over again and is dividing the U.S. airline industry. The U.S. major carriers say Air Italy is a Trojan horse for Qatar Airways to expand in the U.S. JetBlue and the cargo carriers argue changing the rules of the game now would invite retaliation.

1 month ago

U.S. and UK Agree to Preserve Open Skies Air Service After Brexit

U.S. and UK Agree to Preserve Open Skies Air Service After Brexit

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and other carriers will benefit from the deal, which maintains the right of UK-based carriers to fly between the U.S. and UK. Let’s hope the UK is able to have a smooth departure from the European Union because the lack of one would mean negotiating dozens of air rights deals.

6 months ago

American CEO on Gulf Carrier Pact: ‘Someone Is Cheating Already’

American CEO on Gulf Carrier Pact: ‘Someone Is Cheating Already’

Brian Sumers, Skift

Remember when the Trump administration suggested in May it had solved the ongoing dispute between U.S. and Gulf carriers? Hah. American Airlines CEO Doug Parker is already complaining one competitor is ignoring the spirit of the agreement.

8 months ago

Emirates May Resume U.S. Growth as Business Recovers From Trump Policies

Emirates May Resume U.S. Growth as Business Recovers From Trump Policies

Brian Sumers, Skift

Folks in Pittsburgh would probably love a nonstop flight to Dubai. But will they get it? It seems unlikely, even if Emirates CEO Tim Clark said the airline would consider flights from smaller U.S. cities.

9 months ago

Emirates President Won’t Rule Out More U.S.-Europe Nonstop Flights

Emirates President Won’t Rule Out More U.S.-Europe Nonstop Flights

Brian Sumers, Skift

It's funny. Fifth Freedom flights — those are routes where an airline flies from a place other than its home country — account for roughly 1 percent of Emirates' capacity, according to the airline's president. And Emirates has only two such routes to the United States. But it's a hot topic among airline insiders, and it doesn't sound like that will change.

12 months ago

American Not Ready to Resume Commercial Ties With Etihad and Qatar Airways

American Not Ready to Resume Commercial Ties With Etihad and Qatar Airways

Brian Sumers, Skift

Journalists grilled American Airlines CEO Doug Parker on Sunday about world affairs. It was unusual, considering he usually answers questions about capacity, or the passenger experience. But airlines are global businesses that rely on free trade agreements and deals negotiated by diplomats. Recent protectionist moves by some governments may not bode well for airlines.

12 months ago

Delta Air Lines Will Return to Mumbai Despite Competition from Gulf Carriers

Delta Air Lines Will Return to Mumbai Despite Competition from Gulf Carriers

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

By most accounts, there's not much heft in the new agreements the U.S. government reached with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates over airline subsidies. Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways will still carry a significant number of travelers between the United States and India. Perhaps the updated diplomatic agreement isn't the reason Delta is returning to India. Maybe it's just a good market.

1 year ago

U.S. and United Arab Emirates Reach Deal to Solve Open Skies Spat

U.S. and United Arab Emirates Reach Deal to Solve Open Skies Spat

Brian Sumers, Skift

The big three Gulf carriers are still very important, but because of a variety of reasons, they're no longer as scary as they were a few years ago. Still, this is good news for U.S. airlines.

1 year ago

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 year 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 year 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.

1 year ago