Delta says that they and the other airlines (United & American) involved in the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies see evidence that the Trump administration has “moved mountains” in terms of bringing awareness to the “unfair subsidizes and uneven playing ground for the US carriers when dealing with the Middle East players”.
“We applaud the Trump administration,” Delta’s chief legal officer and executive vice president, said in an interview with Forbes. “It has moved mountains in understanding that these subsidies are contrary to Open Skies agreements and need to be addressed.”
Delta and United noted that they are especially happy that the Qatari government has agreed to provide audited financial information for Qatar Airways, a step that they hope will lead to smaller subsidies. The carriers are hoping that they will gain similar assurance from the UAE for Emirates and Etihad.
“I would hope our government has the same kind of relationship with the UAE that it has with Qatar and can do a deal that would require government-owned airlines to operate without benefit of a subsidy.”
Delta notes that Trump “ran on the idea that we must enforce trade agreements to protect U.S. jobs, and this is a shovel ready violation of trade agreements that are being violated, hurting U.S. jobs.”