Top 3 Ways the U.S. Favors Middle East Airlines Over U.S. Airlines
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WASHINGTON (TheStreet) -- As the big three Middle East carriers continue their rapid expansion into the U.S., the threat to domestic carriers intensifies as the government assists Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways in inexplicable ways, said the president of the leading airline pilot union.
Emirates, Etihad and Qatar are all state-owned carriers capable of trading short-term profits for the potential of expansive air service, said Lee Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, in an interview.
"All three airlines have a similar business model, and that is to take over all the international flying in the world," Moak said. "They continue to add routes and order aircraft, and they are willing to do that at a financial loss."
Oddly, government policies appear to tilt in favor of the Middle East carriers at the expense of domestic airlines. For instance, the State Department wants to place a U.S. Customs and Border Protection at a pre-clearance facility in Abu D
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