Americans for Fair Skies Launches TV and Metro Station Ads

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Fair Skies pushes back with media campaign outlining the largest trade violation in history as UAE government-subsidized airlines bring lobbyists to Washington[1].

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Collectively, these subsidies represent the largest trade violation in history.

Americans for Fair Skies has launched a new television spot highlighting the subsidies by United Arab Emirates and Qatar of their government-subsidized airlines and the negative impact these subsidies have brought to the U.S. aviation industry and its workers as revealed by media outlets including Reuters[2]. The ad debuted yesterday during the Sunday morning national news talk shows, including Meet the Press, Face the Nation, This Week, and Fox News Sunday. The ad will continue to run throughout the Washington, DC area on cable and broadcast TV.

The spot highlights how the United Arab Emirates and Qatar are shredding Open Skies agreements they signed with the U.S. by providing their airlines more than $40 billion in subsidies, as outlined by TheStreet.com[3]. Americans for Fair Skies' President, Captain Moak, has outlined that "collectively, these subsidies represent the largest trade violation in history."

Americans for Fair Skies also today launched a series of ads at Navy Yard Metro Station that demonstrate the danger to U.S. aviation jobs posed by the UAE and Qatar airline subsidies, as explained on Forbes.com[4]. The Metro ads are also running digitally on the web.

Captain Moak describes Americans for Fair Skies as, "a grassroots coalition, established with the aim of restoring fairness to our Open Skies policies. They are asking the U.S. government to take action on what has been established as the largest trade violation in history". The United Arab Emirates and Qatar’s blatant violations of Open Skies policies represent predatory protectionism at its worst through the subsidization of their airlines, as reported by TheStreet.com[5].

This same week, Emirates and Etihad, the two airlines of the United Arab Emirates who have received the massive government subsidies, are both in Washington to lobby against restoring fairness to Open Skies, as revealed by WSJ.com [6]. The new Americans for Fair Skies television and Metro station advertisements seek to counter the UAE-spin, and demonstrate the harm the Gulf subsidies pose to U.S. aviation workers[7].

[1] 3/5/2015 wsj.com/articles/emirates-boss-plans-to-lobby-u-s-on-unfair-state-aid-claims-1425543898
[2] 2/11/2015 reuters.com/article/2015/02/11/us-airlines-competition-exclusive-idUSKBN0LF01W20150211?irpc=932
[3] 2/20/2015 thestreet.com/story/13051277/1/report-says-gulf-airlines-got-39b-with-more-to-come-in-illegal-subsidies.html
[4] 3/14/2015 forbes.com/sites/tedreed/2015/03/14/how-is-it-that-a-dubai-based-carrier-gets-to-fly-between-milan-and-new-york/
[5] 2/20/2015 thestreet.com/story/13051277/1/report-says-gulf-airlines-got-39b-with-more-to-come-in-illegal-subsidies.html
[6] 3/5/2015 wsj.com/articles/emirates-boss-plans-to-lobby-u-s-on-unfair-state-aid-claims-1425543898
[7] 3/5/2015 thestreet.com/story/13051277/1/report-says-gulf-airlines-got-39b-with-more-to-come-in-illegal-subsidies.html

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