Emirates Enters Dulles-Dubai: Who Financed The Planes?

Today, ALPA joined with Delta and the APA in publishing a full page color ad in two popular Capitol Hill newspapers – Politico and Roll Call – highlighting the subsidies provided to foreign airlines by U.S. taxpayers through the Export-Import Bank. The ad highlights Boeing 777s financed at below-market rates to Emirates, which are now being flown into the United States in competition with U.S. airlines. The Bank’s subsidies to foreign airlines gives foreign competitors a cost advantage on international routes, and these subsidies are allowing foreign carriers to drive domestic carriers out of international routes, costing pilots jobs. ALPA Government Affairs is actively working on Capitol Hill to bring a resolution to this subsidy issue and sent a letter last week to lawmakers detailing our position on the issue.

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