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E4FC calls on EU negotiators to enact and enforce Fair Competition practices in EU-Qatar Talks

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E4FC calls on the European Parliament to fight for Fair Competition in the aviation sector

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E4FC Statement on European Commission Talks with Qatar Government on Fair Competition in Aviation

Europeans for Fair Competition (E4FC) today praised Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and the European Commission (EC) for taking the first steps toward fulfilling their commitments under the European Union (EU) aviation strategy by opening negotiations today in Doha with the government of Qatar covering all EU member states. E4FC echoes Commissioner Bulc’s support for a “predictable, equal legal framework” and …

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Letters

RE: Maltese Presidency January-June 2017

Also sent to: Mr Joe Mizzi, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure

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E4FC 23 December 2016 Letter

Sent to: Mr. Ismail Ertug Mr. Roberts Zile Ms. Gesine Meissner Ms. Merja Kyllonen Ms. Karima Delli Mr. Pavel Telicka Ms. Deirdre Clune Ms. Ines Ayala Sender Ms. Jacqueline Foster Ms. Katerina Konecna Mr. Davor Skrlec Mr. Rolandas Paksas Ms. Marie-Christine Arnautu Mr. Michael Cramer Mr. Georges Bach Mr. Franck Proust Mr. Dominique Riquet Mr. Marian-Jean Marinescu Mr. Peter van …

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EU-­‐Gulf Air Transport Agreements – TTE Council meeting, 6-­‐7 June 2016

Sent to: Ms. S.A.M. Dijksma, Chairwoman of the EU Transport Council Mr. Henrik Hololei, Director General, DG Mobility and Transport Mr. Michael Cramer, Chair of the EP Transport & Tourism Committee Ms. Isabella De Monte, Member of the European Parliament Mr. Wim Van de Camp, Member of the European Parliament Ms. Jackie Foster, Member of the European Parliament Mr. Davor …

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In The News

Lufthansa, Air France-KLM ask EU to develop strong law against Gulf carriers

  The French and German flag carriers have urged the European Commission to counter what they say are unfair practices by Gulf airlines, seeking to influence the drafting of a new EU law. The CEOs of Lufthansa and Air France-KLM wrote to EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc this week asking the Commission to define what practices amount to anti-competitive behaviour …

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E4FC calls on EU negotiators to enact and enforce Fair Competition practices in EU-Qatar Talks

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E4FC calls on the European Parliament to fight for Fair Competition in the aviation sector

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EU’s amended state subsidy regulations may hit Gulf carriers

The European Commission is seeking to amend a European parliament regulation concerning unfair pricing practices and subsidisation by non-EU carriers, reports Reuters. The revamp is thought to be in response to the rising prevalence of Gulf carriers in the European aviation market and is part of the EU’s Aviation Strategy for Europe. Regulation 868/2004 was formulated in the wake of …

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Exclusive: EU sharpens competition tools to face Gulf carrier challenge

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission is set to revamp a law enabling it to impose duties on non-EU airlines or suspend their flying rights if it finds they have caused injury to European airlines, as it seeks to counter rising competition from Gulf carriers. In a draft proposal seen by Reuters, the European Union executive aims to guarantee fair …

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RE: Maltese Presidency January-June 2017

Also sent to: Mr Joe Mizzi, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure

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E4FC 23 December 2016 Letter

Sent to: Mr. Ismail Ertug Mr. Roberts Zile Ms. Gesine Meissner Ms. Merja Kyllonen Ms. Karima Delli Mr. Pavel Telicka Ms. Deirdre Clune Ms. Ines Ayala Sender Ms. Jacqueline Foster Ms. Katerina Konecna Mr. Davor Skrlec Mr. Rolandas Paksas Ms. Marie-Christine Arnautu Mr. Michael Cramer Mr. Georges Bach Mr. Franck Proust Mr. Dominique Riquet Mr. Marian-Jean Marinescu Mr. Peter van …

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EU-Gulf open skies negotiations: Qatar CEO Al Baker warns of biased ‘fair competition’ definition

As the US-Gulf airline dispute loses momentum with the American government, the big Middle Eastaeropolitical debate will now shift across the Atlantic to Europe, where the European Commission has a mandate to try to negotiate an open skies agreement with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, as well as other countries/blocs, including Turkey and ASEAN. Qatar Airways CEO H.E. Akbar Al Baker gave a keynote presentation at the recent CAPA-ACTE Global Aviation Summit in Amsterdam and addressed the subject of the EU mandate. …

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European airline seat capacity growth accelerates – perhaps too quickly: Outlook for winter 2016/17

The summer 2016 season came to an end on 29-Oct-2016. Adjusting for an extra week relative to the previous summer, it produced seat growth of 6% for capacity to/from/within Europe, matching the rate of growth in summer 2015, but higher than the 10-year average rate of 4% and higher than any other summer since 2010. Current indications from data filed with OAG are that Europe …

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E4FC Statement on European Commission Talks with Qatar Government on Fair Competition in Aviation

Europeans for Fair Competition (E4FC) today praised Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and the European Commission (EC) for taking the first steps toward fulfilling their commitments under the European Union (EU) aviation strategy by opening negotiations today in Doha with the government of Qatar covering all EU member states. E4FC echoes Commissioner Bulc’s support for a “predictable, equal legal framework” and …

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Visit the city of love: Etihad Airways to start daily flights from Abu Dhabi to Venice

Etihad Airways is to expand its services to Italy with a daily flight to Venice Marco Polo Airport. The new service will begin from October 30 and be served by an Airbus A319, offering 16 seats in business and 90 in economy. Together with Alitalia, its codeshare and equity partner, Etihad will offer 35 weekly flights in and out of …

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Qatar Airways just made a brilliant move in Europe

In the US, Qatar Airways has taken on its critics — namely Delta — by rubbing salt in their wounds. In Europe, it is taking a different track. The Qatari national airline took boosted its stake in International Airlines Group (IAG) from 15.7% to 20%. IAG is the parent of British Airways and Iberia. Qatar, which has been building its ownership in the Anglo-Spanish …

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Qatar Airways Said to Lift Stake in British Airways Owner to 20%

Qatar Airways Ltd. will further raise its stake in British Airways owner IAG SA, adding to its holding after the shares plunged in the wake of the Brexit vote, according to people familiar with the matter. The state-owned carrier, already IAG’s largest investor, will boost its holding to about 20 percent from 15.7 percent, said the people, who asked not …

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“Arabesch Fluchgesellschafte maache faire Marché onméiglech”

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Es wird enger am Himmel

Europäische Pilotenverbände wehren sich gegen unlautere Konkurrenz aus Nahost Während Qatar Airways Cargo seine Aktivitäten ab Findel ausbauen will – wohl zu Lasten der heimischen Frachtairline Cargolux – formiert sich immer mehr Widerstand. Zusammen mit der European Cockpit Association (ECA) und weiteren in der ECA organisierten Pilotenverbänden kündigte darum die Association Luxembourgeoise des Pilotes de Ligne (ALPL) den Beitritt zur …

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Europeans for Fair Competition beveelt luchtvaartmandaten aan en dringt aan op onmiddellijke actie

AMSTERDAM, 12 juli 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Europeans for Fair Competition (E4FC), een brede coalitie van vakbonden, consumenten en bedrijven die zich inzet voor ‘veilige en gelijkwaardige’ concurrentie in Europese markten, beveelt de recente mandaten aan die aan de Commissie zijn verleend door de Raad Vervoer van de Europese Unie voor het onderhandelen over uitgebreide luchtvaartovereenkomsten met specifieke derde landen, waaronder …

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„Ein direkter Angriff auf die Cargolux“

(aa) – Zusammen mit der European Cockpit Association (ECA) und weiteren darin organisierten Pilotenverbänden kündigt die Luxemburger Pilotenvereinigung ALPL den Beitritt zur Koalition für einen fairen Wettbewerb im Luftverkehr „Europeans for a Fair Competition“ (E4FC) an. Im letzten Jahrzehnt hätten die staatlich geförderten Fluggesellschaften aus den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten und dem benachbarten Emirat Katar ihre Kapazitäten auf vielen Strecken, die …

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Luxemburger Piloten fordern fairen Wettbewerb

Europa hat den am härtesten umkämpften Luftverkehrsmarkt der Welt. Viele nationale Gesellschaften sind eigentlich zu klein, um selbstständig zu überleben. Auch die großen europäischen Airlines verlieren seit Jahren Kunden an aufstrebende Unternehmen vor allem aus dem arabischen Raum. Seit Jahren beschweren sich die europäischen Fluggesellschaften über die Konkurrenz aus den Golfstaaten. Letztere genieße eine Reihe von finanziellen Vorzügen. Die Airlines …

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Les « Européens pour une concurrence loyale » recommandent les mandats et demandent une action immédiate dans le secteur de l’aviation

AMSTERDAM, 11 juillet 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Les « Européens pour la concurrence loyale » (E4FC), une large coalition de syndicats, de consommateurs et d’entreprises favorisant une concurrence “juste et équitable” sur les marchés européens, félicite les récents mandats accordés à la Commission par le Conseil des transports de l’Union européenne en vue de négocier des accords aériens globaux avec des pays tiers …

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Europeans for Fair Competition lobt Luftverkehrsmandate und drängt darauf, unverzüglich Maßnahmen zu ergreifen

AMSTERDAM, July 11, 2016 / PRNewswire / – Europeans for Fair Competition (E4FC), a broad-based alliance of trade unions, consumers and businesses that the “fair and equal” to have committed in European markets competition, commends the recent the transport Council of awarded European Union to the Commission mandates the purpose of negotiating a comprehensive air transport agreements with specific third …

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Europeans for Fair Competition commends aviation mandates and urges immediate action

Amsterdam, 11 July 2016 – Europeans for Fair Competition (E4FC), a broad based coalition of labour unions, consumers, and companies, concerned about “fair and equal” competition in European markets, commends the recent mandates granted to the Commission by the Transport Council of the European Union to negotiate comprehensive aviation Agreements with specific third countries including the United Arab Emirates (UAE) …

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Luxemburg pilots join coalition for fair competition in aviation

In association with the European Cockpit Association (ECA) and further pilot associations which are members of this, the Association Luxembourgeoise des Pilotes de Ligne (ALPL) has announced that it has joined the coalition for fair competition in aviation “Europeans for a Fair Competition” (E4FC). This coalition is dedicated to restoring fair conditions for European aviation, which is competing with the state-funded airlines …

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Meridiana to axe 396 staff as part of Qatar Airways deal

Italian airline Meridiana will lay off a third of its staff and dock pilot salaries by 20 percent as part of a proposed stake sale to Qatar Airways. The Sardinia-based airline, with trade unions and the Italian government, has agreed a package of cuts required to allow the deal with Qatar Airways to go ahead, according to an official statement …

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Italian airline to cut jobs in return for Qatar Airways investment

Meridiana will lay off hundreds of workers and cut pilot pay as a concession to Qatar Airways, which is taking an ownership stake in the struggling Italian airline. The deal is also expected to lead to a new Doha-Milan-Chicago route, the Italian government said in a statement. And it should soon become easier for Qatar Airways passengers to reach more …

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Bloomberg Qatar Air to Explore Raising Stake in British Airways Owner

Qatar Airways Ltd. is considering further increasing its stake in British Airways owner IAG SA after the U.K.-based company lost a third of its market value in the fallout from the country’s vote to leave the European Union, according to people familiar with the matter. Qatar Airways, already IAG’s largest shareholder, is exploring boosting its holding to about 20 percent from …

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Transport aérien : Bruxelles va négocier avec les pays du Golfe, la Turquie et l’Asean

Les pays membres de l’Union européenne (UE) ont donné leur feu vert à la Commission pour tenter de conclure des accords commerciaux avec les Emirats arabes unis, le Qatar, la Turquie et l’Association des pays du sud-est asiatique (Asean) dans le domaine du transport aérien. Le secteur européen du transport aérien, qui représente une contribution de 110 milliards d’euros au …

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European Commission Wins Four Open-Skies Mandates

BRUSSELS—EU governments have given the European Commission (EC) authorization to negotiate comprehensive air-transport agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Turkey and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The mandates were widely expected (Aviation Daily, May 24). They are one of the main deliverables of the Aviation Strategy for Europe adopted by the EC in December (Aviation Daily, December …

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EU-­‐Gulf Air Transport Agreements – TTE Council meeting, 6-­‐7 June 2016

Sent to: Ms. S.A.M. Dijksma, Chairwoman of the EU Transport Council Mr. Henrik Hololei, Director General, DG Mobility and Transport Mr. Michael Cramer, Chair of the EP Transport & Tourism Committee Ms. Isabella De Monte, Member of the European Parliament Mr. Wim Van de Camp, Member of the European Parliament Ms. Jackie Foster, Member of the European Parliament Mr. Davor …

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EU Transport Chief to Battle Airline Subsidies in Persian Gulf

European Union governments gave EU transport chief Violeta Bulc the go-ahead to negotiate aviation agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, setting up a potential clash over alleged unfair subsidies to airlines based in the two Persian Gulf nations. European transport ministers meeting on Tuesday in Luxembourg included a provision on financial transparency in the negotiating mandates for Bulc, targeting …

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EU in onderhandeling met Golfregio over staatssteun

De Europese Commissie gaat onderhandelen met de Golfstaten over nieuwe luchtvaartverdragen. De 28 landen van de Europese Unie gaven de Commissie dinsdagmiddag toestemming om namens hen te onderhandelen. In ruil voor meer toegang tot de Europese markt wil de Commissie eerlijke concurrentie tussen luchtvaartmaatschappijen uit Europa en de Golfstaten, en meer toegang tot vliegvelden in de Golfregio. Volgens Europese maatschappijen …

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International Aviation: New EU-level Agreements will benefit European passengers and businesses

Today the 28 EU Transport Ministers authorised the European Commission to start negotiations for EU-level aviation agreements with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This is one of the main deliverables of the new Aviation Strategy for Europe – a milestone initiative to boost Europe’s economy, strengthen its industrial base and reinforce …

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COUNCIL OF THE EU PRESS RELEASE: Comprehensive EU air transport agreements: Council adopts mandates

On 7 June 2016 the Council adopted mandates that allow the Commission to start negotiations on comprehensive EU-level air transport agreements with four key partners: the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey. The agreement with ASEAN is set to become the first EU bloc-to-bloc aviation agreement. The UAE, Qatar and Turkey are among …

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EU zet stap tegen Golfmaatschappijen

Het leek een onschuldige schnabbel voor Jennifer Lopez. Het werd een incident in de strijd tussen Amerikaanse en Arabische luchtvaartmaatschappijen. Met een optreden van ‘JLo’ in het Fox Theatre in Atlanta, op 20 mei, vierde Qatar Airways de opening van de route van Atlanta naar Doha. Daarop verbrak de Amerikaanse luchtvaartmaatschappij Delta het al twintig jaar lopende sponsorcontract met het …

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Air France-KLM wil dat EU steun Golfregio tegengaat

Air France, KLM en Lufthansa sluiten zich aan bij (E4EC), een organisatie die zich verzet tegen staatssteun voor drie luchtvaartmaatschappijen uit de Golfregio. Ook acht dochtermaatschappijen van de twee luchtvaartgroepen, onder meer de nationale maatschappijen Swiss, Austrian en Brussels Airlines, spreken hun steun uit. Volgens E4FC staat de Europese luchtvaart op het spel en moet de Europese Commissie optreden. Tot …

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KLM krijgt meer concurrentie op Schiphol

Volgens betrouwbare bronnen wordt morgen in de Transportraad, die onder leiding staat van staatssecretaris Dijksma (Infra), besloten dat vliegmaatschappijen uit het Midden-Oosten meer landingsrechten krijgen in Europa. Duitsland en Frankrijk houden de deur dicht voor vliegmaatschappijen uit het Midden-Oosten. Londen zit vol. Schiphol kan als enige grote hubluchthaven veel ’Gulfcarriers’ verwachten. De bedrijven worden gesteund door hun overheden, die miljarden …

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EU to Start Delicate Middle East, Asia Aviation Talks

BRUSSELS—The European Union is poised to kick off talks on far-reaching aviation agreements that will land its negotiators in between some fast-growing emerging-market airlines and those European and U.S. carriers opposing their expansion. EU member states on Tuesday are set to grant the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, the exclusive mandate to negotiate deals with the United Arab Emirates, …

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E4FC PRESS RELEASE: Europeans for Fair Competition Urges the European Commission to enact Aviation Package EU

Luxembourg, 6 June 2016 — Europeans for Fair Competition (E4FC) is a coalition of concerned Europeans who have unified across EU member nation boundaries and labor-management lines [see http://e4fc.eu/e4fc-supporters] with the goal of establishing a level playing field with countries that subsidise their airlines in violation of European air service agreements, notably the United Arab Emirates and the State of …

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Unease mounts over Qatar’s stake-building in IAG

Concerns are growing about mounting Qatari influence at International Airlines Group after the Gulf state’s airline boosted its stake in British Airways’ parent company for the second time in the space of a few weeks. Industry sources said IAG was watching state-owned carrier Qatar Airways closely amid growing speculation that Qatar, which now owns 15pc of IAG, could “comfortably” push …

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Lufthansa sees no new GCC expansion amid ‘overcapacity’

Lufthansa Group said on Wednesday the GCC aviation market is at capacity and the airline would not be expanding in the region for the next 12 months. Harry Hohmeister, member of the executive board and chief officer of hub management at Lufthansa Group, said the group expects between 2 percent and 3 percent capacity growth in the Gulf in 2016, …

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Qatar Airways porte sa participation dans IAG à 15,01%

LONDRES/ATLANTA, 17 mai (Reuters) – Qatar Airways a fait savoir mardi que sa participation dans International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) était désormais de 15,01% et n’a pas écarté de l’augmenter encore. Qatar Airways avait pris en janvier une participation de 9,99% dans la maison-mère de British Airways et d’Iberia et avait annoncé le mois dernier que cette participation était passée …

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Qatar Airways Lifts Stake in IAG, Looks at Further Increase

Qatar Airways Ltd. increased its stake in British Airways owner IAG SA for the second time in less than three weeks, as the Persian Gulf carrier seeks to benefit from closer ties with its European partner. The move lifts Qatar Airways’ holding in IAG to 15 percent from a stake of close to 12 percent, which the Doha-based airline revealed last …

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Alitalia/Etihad to buy 49% stake in Air Malta, Opposition gives initial reaction

Alitalia is to take a 49 per cent stake in Air Malta, Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis announced this afternoon. A memorandum of understanding was signed yesterday and announced today. The Italian carrier is 49 per cent owned by the UAE’s Etihad Airways, which has been leading its revival after years of financial losses. Times of Malta had last week reported that …

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British Airways introduces non-stop Doha to London flight

Starting in October, British Airways will begin flying direct from Doha to London, dropping its stopover in Bahrain, the carrier has announced. The airline has been flying between London Heathrow and Doha for 57 years, but has always stopped in Manama on both the outward and return legs of the journey. The new flight, which will depart from Doha in the morning instead of …

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European Cabin Crews engage in coalition for Fair Competition in Aviation

EurECCA, the European Cabin Crew Association, representing more than 35000 cabin crews in Europe, joins, Europeans for Fair Competition“ (E4FC). This coalition of different stakeholders from the airline industry advocates for restoring a level playing field in competition between European Airlines and Gulf carriers. The European airline industry has undergone a dramatic change in the past ten years or so. …

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European cabin crew join E4FC in calls for level playing pitch with Gulf airlines

An organisation of more than 35,000 cabin crew, including Irish workers, has joined calls on Brussels to impose EU standards on Gulf carriers operating in Europe. The European Cabin Crew Association (Eurecca) said on Tuesday that it has joined Europeans for Fair Competition (E4FC) a new organisation campaigning for level playing pitch between EU airlines and the state-owned Gulf carriers, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways. Eurecca’s move follows last …

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European Pilots Join Coalition for Fair Competition in Aviation

The European Cockpit Association (ECA), representing over 38.000 European pilots, is announcing its support for “Europeans for Fair Competition” (E4FC), a coalition, dedicated to restoring a level playing field for European aviation vis-a-vis state-sponsored Gulf carriers. In the past decade, state-sponsored airlines from the United Arab Emirates and Qatar have massively expanded their capacity on many of the routes previously …

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Etihad Pledges Support to Earnings Laggard Air Berlin

Etihad Airways pledged to stick with its investment in Air Berlin Plc after saying the German carrier is lagging behind most other units in achieving profitability. Among Etihad’s seven so-called equity partners — each anchored to the Gulf company via minority stakes — Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Jet Airways India Ltd. and Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd. are all reaching their targeted goals, …

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Qatar Air Increases Its Stake in British Airways Owner IAG

Qatar Airways Ltd. lifted its stake in British Airways owner IAG SA close to 12 percent, strengthening ties built around the access BA provides to North America via London and the Gulf carrier’s network of Asian routes. Qatar Air has increased the holding from the 9.99 percent bought in January last year, Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said at …

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Emirates fatigue reports show UAE airlines pushing crews to limits

RT has obtained new evidence of UAE pilots and crews being pushed to the brink of exhaustion. The shocking grievances by the Emirates cabin crew date from early April and echo anonymous accounts shared by Flydubai staff following deadly mid-March plane crash. A number of Aviation Safety Reports of fatigue-related errors on the job by Emirates Airlines cabin crews, reviewed …

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AA and Lufthansa take turns bashing Gulf airlines

Executives from American Airlines and Lufthansa complained about an unlevel playing field with Arabian Gulf carriers, during a session at the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Global Summit in Dallas. Karl Ulrich Garnadt, a member of Lufthansa’s executive board, said the situation is particularly difficult for European airlines. “Scott, you ain’t seen nothing yet with regards to the Gulf carriers,” …

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AA and Lufthansa take turns bashing Gulf airlines at WTTC session

DALLAS — Executives from American Airlines and Lufthansa complained about an unlevel playing field with Persian Gulf carriers, during a session at the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Global Summit here. Karl Ulrich Garnadt, a member of Lufthansa’s executive board, said the situation is particularly difficult for European airlines. “Scott, you ain’t seen nothing yet with regards to the Gulf …

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Qatar Airways upgrades Geneva route to Dreamliner

Qatar Airways has announced plans to upgrade its daily service from Doha to Geneva with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to meet increasing passenger demand. The route, which is currently operated by an Airbus A320, will be served by the Dreamliner from July 1. The new aircraft will almost double capacity on the route from132 seats to 254 seats. Cargo capacity …

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Water way to greet Qatar Airways at Birmingham Airport

Qatar Airways is now running eight flights a week, with two on Saturdays, and its 250-seater Boeing 787 Dreamliner flew into Birmingham from Doha yesterday on its inaugural flight. It was met with a traditional water-arch greeting from the airport’s firefighters. The first return flights back to Doha this week are already fully booked. From the airline’s ultra-modern airport hub …

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Vakbonden: Europese luchtvaart weggevaagd

Oneerlijke concurrentie door maatschappijen uit de Golfstaten bedreigt honderdduizenden banen in de Europese luchtvaart. Dat zeggen de acht vakbonden die actief zijn in de Nederlandse luchtvaart. In een gezamenlijke verklaring sluiten ze zich aan bij Europeans for Fair Competion (E4FC), een initiatief dat naar Amerikaans voorbeeld lobby voert tegen vermeende staatssteun aan Emirates en Etihad Airways uit de Verenigde Arabische …

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Vijf voor twaalf Europese luchtvaart

De vakorganisaties werkzaam in de luchtvaart; VNC, VHKP, De Unie, FNV, NVLT, CNV, VCP en VNV, scharen zich gezamenlijk expliciet achter het onlangs gelanceerde initiatief van Europeans for Fair Competition, www.e4fc.eu. Dit is een coalitie van werknemers en werkgevers in Europa. Het is belangrijk dat ook in Nederland de handen ineen worden geslagen. De combinatie van Europese drang naar Open Skies overeenkomsten …

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Air France-KLM monte au front face aux compagnies du Golfe

Alors que Qatar Airways s’apprêterait à rouvrir une ligne Doha-Nice, la compagnie franco-néerlandaise appelle les États européens à ne plus attribuer de nouveaux droits de trafic aux transporteurs du Golfe. Elle considère que la concurrence n’est pas équitable. Un nouvel épisode dans la guerre que se livrent les compagnies européennes et les compagnies du Golfe. Air France-KLM a ainsi appelé jeudi 10 …

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Hungary to offer Emirates fifth freedom aviation rights

Dubai: Hungary is to offer Emirates fifth freedom rights in a move that is likely to irk some of Europe’s largest carriers lamenting the expansion of the fast-growing Gulf airlines. Hungary’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said on Wednesday his country has agreed to offer fifth freedom rights to Emirates after an approach by the government of …

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Ongelijk speelveld in luchtvaart

De VCP signaleert op meerdere terreinen dat werkgelegenheid in Nederland onder druk komt te staan door internationaal ongelijk speelveld. De VCP begrijpt daarom dat Europeans for Fair Competition aandacht vraagt voor de marktverstoring met verlies van werkgelegenheid die optreedt als gevolg van staatssteun aan drie luchtvaartmaatschappijen uit het Midden-Oosten. De coalitie Europeans for Fair Competition wijst op een boekhoudkundig onderzoek …

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India’s Open Skies policy matter of concern: UAE minister

India’s latest Open Skies policy to countries that are 5,000km away is a matter of concern for the UAE, said Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy. “We feel that together, India and UAE should be united to create a fantastic hub. From our side, there are millions coming to India as tourists, and so there is a direct …

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Etihad strategy flies into difficulties

From the Seychelles to Serbia, Etihad Airways has been busy forging its own airline alliance by buying stakes in regional carriers. But the Abu Dhabi-based company’s bold plan to fill its aircraft with partner airlines’ passengers is coming under threat in both Europe and the US, where rivals are complaining of unfair competition from fast-growing Gulf carriers. The issue has …

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EU seeks tough curbs on airline subsidies in aviation agreements – document

BY JULIA FIORETTI The European Union is seeking tough limits on public subsidies to airlines and the option of revoking their traffic rights as part of new commercial aviation agreements it wants to negotiate with several countries including Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. A draft “fair competition clause”, seen by Reuters, which the EU executive wants to include in …

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VNC steunt ‘Europeans for Fair Competition’

Europeans for Fair Competition, kortweg E4FC, is een organisatie die aandacht vraagt voor oneerlijke concurren- tie van luchtvaartmaatschappijen uit het Midden-Oosten. Qatar, Emirates en Etihad opereren namelijk met illegale staatsteun. Dit leidt tot een marktverstoring met verlies van werkgelegen- heid bij de reguliere vliegmaatschappijen. Omdat de VNC gaat voor baanbehoud en goede arbeidsvoorwaarden steunen wij absoluut de missie van Europeans for …

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Qatar Airways interessata a Meridiana: “Fase interlocutoria, stiamo valutando”

I vertici della Qatar Airways, compagnia di bandiera dell’emirato arabo, hanno avviato una interlocuzione con Meridiana per verificare la possibilità di eventuali accordi con la società fondata dall’Aga Khan. Lo ha riferito oggi, a margine di una conferenza stampa sul nuovo Piano energetico regionale, il presidente della Regione Francesco Pigliaru, che questa mattina a Roma ha incontrato l’emiro Sheikh Tamim …

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La CFDT soutient la coalition « Europeans for Fair Competition » (E4FC)

Une coalition citoyenne européenne ayant pour but de dénoncer la concurrence déloyale qui résulte du subventionnement des compagnies du Golfe par leurs états, vient de voir le jour. La CFDT soutient pleinement l’initiative « Europeans for Fair Competition » (E4FC). Depuis des années les Emirats Arabes Unis et le Qatar subventionnent leurs compagnies en injectant des milliards d’euros d’aides diverses. …

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EU aviation Strategy – “Fair” competition with the Gulf carriers: a win-win situation? Is there a need for financial transparency?

The EU has been a model for the World with regards to aviation liberalisation and competition in the last 30 years. Ryanair and EasyJet are well established economic realities in today’s European Skies and most European citizens have benefited from it. Let us starts but saying that we don’t believe in protectionism; we are committed supporters of an open, free …

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Le SNPL soutient la dynamique de la coalition “Europeans for Fair Competition” (E4FC) et dénonce la concurrence déloyale des compagnies du Golfe.

Roissy CDG, le 19 janvier 2016 – « Europeans for Fair Competition » (E4FC), une coalition de citoyens, de compagnies aériennes, d’associations et de syndicats de travailleurs en Europe vient de voir le jour. Son objectif principal est d’éveiller l’attention sur la situation de concurrence déloyale qui résulte du subventionnement massif, par certains gouvernements du Golfe (Emirats, Arabes Unis, Qatar), …

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Nieuwe coalitie ‘Europeans for Fair Competition’

DRIEBERGEN – Er is een nieuw coalitie opgericht waarin een groep Europeanen aandacht vraagt voor de in hun ogen marktverstorende werking van de drie grote luchtvaartmaatschappijen uit het Midden-Oosten: Qatar Airways, Emirates en Etihad. Wie deze partijen en of personen zijn is niet op te maken uit de website of Facebook-pagina van de coalitie. De opgerichte coalitie heeft de naam …

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L’UNAC soutient « Europeans for Fair Competition » (E4FC) dans sa lutte contre la concurrence déloyale des compagnies du Golfe.

« Europeans For Fair Competition » est une coalition de citoyens, de compagnies aériennes, d’associations et de syndicats originaires de toute l’Europe dont l’objectif est de lutter contre la distorsion de concurrence introduite notamment par le subventionnement massif de certains gouvernements du Golfe (Emirats Arabes Unis, Qatar) au bénéfice de leurs compagnies d’Etat. Ces subventions qui violent les règles commerciales …

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VNV Dutch Airline Pilots Association strongly supports “Europeans for Fair Competition” coalition

Europeans for Fair Competition Coalition Formed: Coalition is working to raise awareness around market distortion and job loss resulting from illegal state-aid to 3 Middle Eastern airlines. VNV Dutch AirLinePilotsAssociation announces its full support for Europeans for Fair Competition (E4FC). E4FC is a coalition of European citizens, organizations and labour unions working together to raise awareness about the illegal aviation …

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Etihad’s Backdoor Access To Europe Slammed Shut As Germany Axes Air Berlin Codeshares

It is a strategy that has won James Hogan, the chief executive of Etihad Airways, plaudits from the across the airline industry. Shackled by restrictive traffic-rights agreements, Abu Dhabi’s Etihad has in recent years gone on a shopping spree across Europe. Equity stakes in Alitalia (49%), Air Serbia (49%), Switzerland’s Darwin Airline (33%) and Germany’s Air Berlin (29%) have allowed …

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Een gezond, veilig en fair 2016 voor de Nederlandse luchtvaart

Voor de mondiale luchtvaart was 2015 een van de veiligste jaren. De uitdaging voor 2016 is echter: hoe krijgen we de Nederlandse luchtvaartsector weer gezond? ‘Een verbetering van de efficiency, een daadkrachtige overheid en fair competition dienen gezamenlijk een oplossing te bieden’, aldus voorzitter van de Vereniging Nederlandse Verkeersvliegers (VNV) Steven Verhagen in zijn nieuwjaarsspeech. Daadkrachtige overheid voor eerlijke concurrentie …

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„Protektionismus der Lufthansa untergräbt unser Engagement“

Etihad-Chef James Hogan greift im Streit um die Kooperation mit Air Berlin die Politik und die Lufthansa massiv an. Da gerät die Beschwerde gegen das gerichtliche Verbot von Gemeinschaftsflügen fast schon zur Nebensache. FrankfurtBei James Hogan scheint das Fass übergelaufen zu sein. Der Chef der Fluggesellschaft Etihad aus Abu Dhabi am Persischen Golf attackiert in einem Statement die Politik und …

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Out for Etihad-Air Berlin code-share route

Etihad Airways looks set to lose from mid-January some of the routes it code-shares with Air Berlin, after losing a first-round court case. The Abu Dhabi-based operator says it will appeal the ruling. An administrative court in Germany’s aviation city of Braunschweig on Wednesday backed Germany’s LBA federal aviation authority in its refusal to extend Etihad’s code-shares on 31 routes …

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German court rules against some Etihad-airberlin codeshares

A German court has ruled that Etihad Airways must cease its codeshare on 29 routes operated by partner airline airberlin, Germany’s second-largest carrier. The decision, which takes effect Jan. 16 through the end of the current IATA winter schedule ending March 30, 2016, was denounced by Etihad, which said it would file an appeal next week. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, which …

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Lufthansa lashes out at Gulf carriers

German flag carrier Lufthansa has taken another swipe at the “Big Three” Gulf carriers, warning that Europe’s civil aviation infrastructure risks being damaged by the Arabian airlines. Lufthansa—which has said its business has also been damaged by the Gulf carriers—has been a persistent critic of Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways—arguing they are heavily subsidized by their respective governments, …

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MEB3 presence at European airports: Near four-fold increase in a decade

The recent announcement from Lufthansa that it plans to end its Munich to Dubai service next April may put additional pressure on the European Commission to restrict market access to the Middle East Big 3 carriers (MEB3) namely Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, which the French and German governments allege operate with unfair subsidies (Emirates does not agree and …

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Qatar Airways CEO voices doubt about

The head of Qatar Airways on Wednesday cast doubt on proposed European Union air traffic agreements that might limit Gulf carriers from flying to European destinations because of what some see as unfair subsidies. Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the effort, which the European Commission announced on Monday, was unlikely to gain necessary support from EU …

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Analysis: Industry gives EU aviation strategy qualified backing

Europe’s airlines and airports are broadly in agreement that the European Commission’s newly published new aviation strategy is a welcome development for the industry. The Commission yesterday published its much-awaited aviation strategy, which it says for the first time sets out a roadmap towards a more competitive EU aviation sector. This covers a range of initiatives, some already in process, …

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Europe seeks air traffic reforms in Gulf carrier subsidy row

The European Commission has outlined an “ambitious package” of proposals aimed at curbing unfair competition for alleged illegal state subsidies to Gulf carriers. It plans to challenge the way Gulf carriers are funded and look at fairer competition provisions in future traffic rights negotiations. It is also considering measures to address “unfair practices” outside the union, “as soon as possible …

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International Aviation: an opportunity for growth and jobs in the EU aviation sector

Brussels, 7 December 2015 Today, the European Commission has adopted an ambitious package of proposals to negotiate EU-level comprehensive aviation agreements with key partner countries. They include the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) States, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States, Turkey, China, Mexico and Armenia. In parallel, authorisations to negotiate dedicated aviation safety agreements with China and Japan are …

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EU Calls For Air Services Deal with Middle East

LONDON—The European Union is seeking far-reaching air traffic treaties with the Middle East countries that host some of the world’s fastest-growing airlines whose expansions are opposed by some U.S. and European carriers, it said Monday. Air France​-KLM SA​ and ​ Deutsche ​Lufthansa ​AG ​argue that the Middle East carriers have benefited from state aid that has distorted competition. They have asked the EU to reset the competitive …

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EU unveils new aviation strategy as Gulf battle heats up

The EU executive has unveiled a new strategy aimed at making it a “leading player in international aviation.” The initiative comes amid fierce competition from Gulf airlines, which critics call ‘unfair.’ The European Commission on Monday adopted a new Aviation Strategy as Brussels seeks to boost the bloc’s sluggish economy and keep European airlines competitive in the face of fierce …

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Europe adopts new aviation strategy

European transport commissioner Violeta Bulc has detailed Europe’s new aviation strategy, although some stakeholders have criticized its lack of deliverables. Marking the culmination a year’s work, Bulc unveiled the “Aviation Strategy for Europe” during a media briefing in Brussels Dec. 7. “The goal of the Aviation Strategy is to strengthen the entire EU [European Union] transport network. Europe must be …

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EU Commission Seeks Airline Pacts in Gulf to Curb Subsidies

The European Union’s transport chief sought more leverage to fight alleged unfair subsidies to airlines based in the Persian Gulf in a bid to create a “level playing field” for EU flag carriers. European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc asked EU governments for authority to negotiate aviation agreements with the six countries that belong to the Gulf Cooperation Council. Curbing any …

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EU seeks new air traffic agreements in Gulf carrier battle

BY JULIA FIORETTI AND VICTORIA BRYAN The European Commission is seeking a new European-wide air traffic agreement with Gulf states as a way of boosting European airlines against what some of them have termed unfair subsidies enjoyed by Middle East-based rivals. Europe’s aviation industry, which contributes 110 billion euros ($119 billion) to EU gross domestic product, has been hit by …

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More Proof that the Three Big Gulf Airlines Get Massive Subsidies

By Rob Britton “Prove it” is a phrase we learn from an early age. For most of this year, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and seven aviation trade unions have worked hard to prove that massive government subsidies are what have enabled the three fast-growing, Gulf-based airlines – Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways – to expand in …

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Why Gulf airline Etihad is investing in the Balkans

The curtain fell and spotlights strafed the freshly painted hull of an aircraft named after tennis player Novak Djokovic. The plane in question is an Airbus A319 that, at the end of October, became the first jet to bear the colours of Europe’s newest carrier: Air Serbia. As the applause of the guests echoed round the hangar at Nikola Tesla …

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Air Canada: No More Flights For Emirates and Etihad

By: Rich Thomaselli The Oct. 19 general election in Canada ushered in a new government when Justin Trudeau and his Liberal party was swept into office as the new Prime Minister. As is par for the course with politics, some voters were thrilled, others were not. Some businesses were thrilled, others were not. But one of the country’s biggest businesses …

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Germany says still no agreement on Air Berlin-Etihad code share

Reporting by Victoria Bryan Editing by Arno Schuetze and David Goodman Oct 21 Time is running out for Germany and the United Arab Emirates to reach a deal on code sharing between Air Berlin and Etihad, with the German transport ministry saying on Wednesday that no deal had yet been reached. Air Berlin’s winter schedule, including 65 code share flights …

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MEPs call for strong action against subsidies for Gulf airlines

The European Parliament called for fair competition from the Gulf countries in the aviation sector. Otherwise, the oil-rich Arab monarchies should face “legal consequences” once new aviation agreements are reached, according to a resolution approved by the plenary on Wednesday (11 November). The aviation sector in Europe faces an uphill battle due to existing barriers between member states, the need …

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EP calls for measures to boost EU aviation sector and fight unfair competition

To boost the EU’s air transport economy, the EU needs to ensure a level playing field, while upholding high safety and social standards, says Parliament in a resolution passed on Wednesday and intended to feed into the Commission’s forthcoming aviation package. The resolution was passed by 428 votes to 149, with 53 abstentions. To safeguard fair competition in the EU’s …

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U.A.E. to Fight EU Measures Against Gulf Airlines, Minister Says

By Nafeesa Syeed The United Arab Emirates will oppose any efforts to limit airline services, the country’s economy minister said, after the European Union warned it may take action against Gulf carriers that receive billions in state subsidies. U.A.E. Minister of Economy Sultan Al Mansoori said so-called open skies treaties should be kept on course, while governments and the airline …

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Estonian Air Ceases Operations Following EU Subsidies Ruling

By Liis Kängsepp And Juris Kaža EU ruled the airline repeatedly benefited from illegal government subsidies TALLINN, Estonia—State-run Estonian Air ceased all operations Saturday, hours after the European Union ruled the airline repeatedly benefited from illegal government subsidies, and as authorities of the small Baltic nation rushed to create a new flag carrier. The government of Estonia acknowledged it received …

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Transport Commissioner starts long battle against Gulf aviation subsidies

By Jorge Valero Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc is seeking to level the playing field between European aviation companies and their rivals from the Gulf states, where heavy subsidies have given these big airlines a clear advantage. Bulc spoke to EurActiv. Commissioner, you will visit the Gulf countries this weekend (8-10 November). When do you expect to ask for a mandate …

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Europe Set to Take Aim at Subsidies to Airlines in Persian Gulf

By Jonathan Stearns The European Union’s transport chief intends to start fighting alleged unfair subsidies to airlines based in the Persian Gulf within months in a bid to create a “level playing field” for EU competitors. European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said she hopes EU governments will give her an “open and flexible” mandate by April to negotiate an aviation agreement with the …

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Etihad close to Aer Lingus exit after British Airways parents gets nod

Etihad has moved a step closer to exiting its stake in Aer Lingus after the Irish government consented to the sale of the flag carrier to IAG. IAG had proposed an offer of €1.36 billion (Dh5.43bn) for Aer Lingus in January, but the deal is pending the approval of Ryanair, the Irish low-cost airline, which is the largest shareholder in …

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Dutch hold on Gulf carriers until EU decision

Dubai: Gulf carriers will not be able to launch new flights to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport until the European Union agrees on how to tackle alleged state subsidies to airline in the region, a Dutch Minister has told Gulf News. European Transport Commissioner Violet Bulc said earlier this month she wants a mandate to negotiate directly with the six Gulf Cooperation …

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Swiss Authorities Clear Etihad Stake in Darwin Airline

Regulators in Switzerland have approved the purchase by Etihad Airways of a one-third stake in Swiss regional carrier Darwin Airline. The Lugano-based company, which operates a fleet of 14 Saab 2000 and ATR 72 turboprops, has operated since January 2014 as Etihad Regional under a brand and partnership agreement with the Abu Dhabi-based carrier. While Etihad president and CEO James Hogan noted the approval will …

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Etihad Bails Out Air Berlin Again With Convertible Bond

Etihad Airways PJSC will bail out Air Berlin Plc once more, tightening its hold by providing 300 million euros ($415 million) of funding after the cash-strapped German carrier was hit by falling traffic and ballooning losses. Etihad will buy bonds convertible into stock which will have no maturity and count toward equity, according to a statement today, while Air Berlin …

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