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Clark urges cooperation, not ‘cutting off nose’

March 6, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Emirates Airline president Sir Tim Clark is urging a truce in his airline’s feud with the “big three” trio of US carriers – American, Delta and United.

Clark compared the tactics employed by his airline’s US rivals to the antics of a three-year-old in a playground.

His sentiments, expressed to Business Insider, come after Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker made peace overtures to the US over the simmering commercial dispute that has pitted the big three US carriers against the three main Gulf carriers.

Emirates’ new B777 first class

For years, US carriers have accused their Gulf competitors of receiving unfair government subsidies, a charge the Gulf carriers have always denied.

Clark said cooperation between the Gulf trio and the US big three could be very profitable for all, with the Americans benefitting greatly from traffic brought into the US by his airline.

The three US airlines had not been able to show any direct harm done to them in the US market by the presence of Emirates and its fellow Middle Eastern carriers Etihad and Qatar Airways, Clark said.

Emirates is a big customer of Boeing – the Dubai-based airline is the world’s largest operator of B777s.

Clark believes connecting traffic supplied by Emirates could help Delta, United and American.

The dispute has seen US carriers refuse to allow Emirates passengers to interline onto their flights, a situation Clark likens to “cutting off your nose to spite your face”.

In short, the Emirates chief believes there’s much more to gained by cooperation than by confrontation.

Written by Peter Needham

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