The long-running wrangle between Gulf carriers and three big US airlines continues, with Emirates launching a new broadside claiming their US legacy carriers have got their facts wrong and got the law wrong.The dispute relates to allegations by American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines that Emirates and other Gulf carriers are receiving government subsidies. The Gulf carriers deny the claims.
Emirates says the so-called “Big Three” US carriers have set their sights on an outcome that will be wrong for American consumers, communities and the US economy.
Emirates Airline president Tim Clark said: “The methods employed by the US legacy carriers to discredit Emirates have been surprising and frankly, repugnant. We do not underestimate their lobbying prowess, but facts are facts.
“Unlike the Big Three’s white paper, which is riddled with inaccuracies, conjecture, and legal misinterpretations, Emirates’ response is comprehensive and based on hard facts. We clearly show why the Big Three have no grounds to ask the US government to unilaterally freeze Emirates’ operations to the USA or pursue other action under the Open Skies agreement.
“It is because we are absolutely not subsidised, and our operations do not harm these legacy carriers, but instead benefit consumers, communities and America’s national economy.”
Emirates says its response systematically disproves each of the Big Three’s allegations that it has received over USD 6 billion in subsidies, including fuel hedging subsidies; purchasing goods and services from related third parties at below-market terms; disproportionately benefiting from airport infrastructure and user fee at Dubai International airport; and having an artificial cost advantage through the structure of the UAE’s labour law.
Anyone wishing to delve more deeply into Emirates’ detailed rebuttal can do so here: http://www.emirates.com/english/about/media-centre/2489951/emirates-debunks-subsidy-and-unfair-competition-allegations
Edited by Peter Needham