I’d like to talk about the “battle” between the gulf carriers (being Emirates, Qatar and Etihad) and the 3 leading Airlines in the American market - United, Delta and American. This battle is mainly over the “Open Skies” agreement which allows the gulf carriers to operate several flights to the US including destinations such as; Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta, Dallas, New York and many more. Delta, United and American say that:
“The US airlines industry is under attack by a three pronged assault from the airlines of the Arabian Gulf.”
The Gulf airlines, unlike the three from the US, are all government owned, meaning that they receive millions, if not billions, of funding injections, meaning they can grow and expand much more abruptly then the US carriers. They can offer elite aircraft: such as the A350 (Qatar) and carry a vast amount of passangers in one trip, due Etihad and Emirates operating the A380 on US routes, refurbish their cabins and offer seats at a lower price. According to the US they have “flooded the market.” The Open Skies agreement, which is what allows the carriers to operate flights to the US, aims for a “fair and equal opportunity to compete,” which the US airlines believe the Gulf carriers are not providing. The CEO of Qatar fired back saying:
“The US airlines only have themselves to blame”
Due to President Trumps’ travel ban from Middle Eastern countries, Emirates have seen a drop in seat bookings for the US flights, causing them to decrease the number of flights. The US carries are calling for the Governemt to freeze flights to the US operated by; Etihad, Emirates and Qatar.
Id like to know your thoughts on this: do you agree with the US carriers, or do you think the Gulf carriers aren’t doing anything wrong?
This is my first Real World Aviation topic