Well, they certainly are spending quite a bit of cash trying to reach the President…
The Partnership for Open & Fair Skies, an advocacy group that represents American, Delta, United, and five flight attendant and pilot unions, has taken out ads at a six-figure cost in Trump’s favorite TV shows and newspapers. They are asking Trump to protect American jobs by stopping “illegal competition” from Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar.
TV shows targeted include Fox and Friends as well as Morning Joe, two shows that the President is known to watch…and tweet about.
They then targeted his favorite newspapers, The New York Post and The New York Times (“favorite” in terms of hate reading I guess). They directly refer to the new Emirates EWR-Athens flight in the first line of the ad. Interestingly the letter is signed by all of the big three, but not in alphabetical order… Delta, United, American. Delta is known to be the most invested in the group.
“The billions of dollars in illegal Gulf carrier subsidies are brazen violations of our Open Skies agreements and a perfect example of the type of trade cheating that President Trump abhors,” said Jill Zuckman, chief spokesperson for the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies. “There are 1.2 million quality American jobs that are being threatened every day by Emirates, Etihad and Qatar airlines. We are respectfully looking to President Trump and his administration for help.”
The print ads will run in The New York Times and New York Post featuring a letter to President Trump signed by: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, the Air Line Pilots Association, the Allied Pilots Association, the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants and the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA. The six-figure television ad buy will run for the next three weeks.