Saj Ahmad, chief analyst at London-based StrategicAero Research, said that while it's good that the UAE and U.S. have found some common grounds on which to proceed and develop their open skies pact, it should be noted that from a compliance perspective, both Emirates and Etihad Airways have always published their financial results with full clarity and disclosure.
According to the "fifth freedom" airlines can take on Board passengers in transit and transport them directly to the country of destination.
The United Arab Emirates has agreed to increase financial transparency in its airlines as part of a deal with the U.S. to resolve allegations that two state-owned carriers have unfairly benefited from billions of dollars in government subsidies.
The State Department wanted to address concerns raised by the U.S. carriers and ensure a level playing field, the official said. The major USA carriers Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines have long alleged those financials obscure billions in hidden subsidies by the Emirati government.
"The Record of Discussion and related side letter fully preserves Open Skies as per the existing Air Transport Agreement between the USA and the UAE, guaranteeing complete commercial flexibility that benefits consumers, communities, and the economies of both countries".
All current and future rights for both countries' carriers to fly all flights, including Fifth Freedom flights, remain in place as an outcome of the discussions.
"All the terms and provisions of the Air Transport agreement including fifth freedom rights remain fully in place, with the UAE and U.S. airlines free to continue to add and adjust routes and services", Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE's ambassador to the United States, said in a statement. Currently, Emirates offers flights directly from New York-area airports to Milan, Italy, and Athens. From the Emirati and American companies retain the right to add flights and change services.Читайте также: Hamilton on top with charging Red Bull breathing down his neck
Groups such as the U.S. Travel Association have urged the Trump administration to preserve Open Skies, which lifts many restrictions on commercial airlines.
The group's campaign manager, Scott Reed, in a statement said the agreement was "a win for American jobs".
Qatar, Etihad Airways and Emirates, have denied those accusations.
The reality is somewhere in between.
A State Department official speaking under the condition of anonymity told The AP that the deal will likely be announced Monday when the Emirati foreign minister visits Washington.
UAE must ensure that the airlines' transactions with government-owned entities are conducted on commercial terms. The agreement says that both sides agree "that such government support in whatever form may adversely impact competition in providing global air transportation". The disclosures could help US carriers make the case that the airline is potentially getting unfair government subsidies. The airlines have hoped that if they have more visibility into the finances of the state-owned Emirati airlines, the Emiratis will no longer be able to get away with unfair subsidies. The agreement was reportedly crafted to allow both the Emirati airlines and the US airlines to claim victory.
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