Two short years ago, the gloves came off in what had become an increasingly tense standoff between the three major legacy US carriers and the “big three” Gulf carriers. By the middle of 2015, the diplomatic dispute over the expansion of the Gulf carriers within the liberalized US Open Skies agreements with the UAE and Qatar had become a public brawl. American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and some labor groups joined forces to cry foul. They accused Emirates ...

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