Washington DC-based trade group Airlines for America said that record-breaking aircraft orders from Middle Eastern carriers totaling USD162.6bn underscore the need for a US national airline policy in which the US government recognises the critical role that US carriers play in connecting America to global markets, and creating jobs across the entire economy.
According to the group, the orders announced at the recent Dubai Airshow reflect the supportive environment some state-owned foreign competitors experience with their own governments, which is often in direct contrast to the way the US government treats its own carriers.
It said that Emirates already has more widebody aircraft than any US carrier, and has more of these large aircraft on order than all four US legacy carriers combined. That disparity fundamentally threatens the ability of US airlines to compete in what is now a dynamic global aviation sector.
A4A has called for a national airline policy to normalise the tax and regulatory environment to be more in line with other industries and enable the US airline industry to grow and prosper recognising it as the economic engine that drives 5% of GDP and 10m US jobs.
The group said that its airline members and their affiliates transport more than 90% of all US airline passenger and cargo traffic.
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