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ALPA: Emirates’ New Athens-Newark Flights Fueled by UAE Gov’t Subsidies

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER
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The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) issued the following statement regarding Emirates Airline’s plans to operate daily flights from Newark to Dubai through Athens beginning March 12. 

“Emirates’ skyrocketing growth, including its planned Dubai-Athens-Newark service, is possible only because of the massive subsidies the airline receives from the United Arab Emirates government. These enormous subsidies put U.S. airlines at a tremendous economic disadvantage and threaten U.S. airline workers’ jobs––and fly in the face of the Trump administration’s ‘America First’ governing philosophy. Emirates could not purchase the aircraft or operate the extensive route network it does without massive subsidies from its government.

“The U.S. government must ensure that its Open Skies agreements maintain a global business environment that is undistorted by foreign government subsidies. U.S. aviation workers are ready and willing to compete internationally, but the marketplace must be free from foreign government distortion.

“We urge the Trump administration to do what the Obama administration failed to do and stand up for U.S. workers and demand that the United Arab Emirates government end these subsidies and restore fair competition for U.S. companies while safeguarding U.S. workers’ jobs.”

Emirates announced it will launch a new daily service from Dubai to Newark Liberty International Airport, via the Greek capital city of Athens, starting on 12 March 2017.

The new route complements Emirates’ existing four daily flights between Dubai and New York’s JFK airport.

Emirates’ new Dubai-Athens-Newark flight will also provide a year-round non-stop daily service between the United States and Greece, a service that does not exist today and has not existed since 2012. The airline will operate a wide-body Boeing 777-300ER powered by General Electric GE90 engines on the route, offering 8 seats in First, 42 seats in Business and 304 seats in Economy class, as well as 19 tonnes of belly-hold cargo capacity.

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