Atlas Air gives its support to US-UAE Open Skies

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings has given its support for the Open Skies Agreement that was signed between the US and UAE last week.

The two countries signed a Record of Discussion on Friday, 11 May relating to market-based transactions and financial transparency of airlines of the two countries.

The document resolves concerns expressed by major US passenger airlines (American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines) without undercutting Open Skies principles, which have been at the core of US international aviation policy for the past 25 years.

Open Skies agreements afford airlines of each signatory country the right to operate flights without restriction between their homeland and the other country, via intermediate points and beyond the other country.

In its 17 May statement from the press secretary regarding the United States-United Arab Emirates Open Skies understanding, Atlas Air said the White House noted the UAE’s commitments are limited to subjects not covered by the US-UAE Open Skies Agreement.

Altas Air’s chief executive officer, William J. Flynn said: “Atlas Air Worldwide appreciates the Trump administration’s commitment to upholding the rights enjoyed by airlines of the U.S. and the UAE under the current Open Skies Agreement.

“For Atlas, Open Skies has allowed us to build a global airfreight network based on one-way traffic flows that would not otherwise have been available. Our expansive network increases service options for the US military, American shippers and consumers, enhances US competitiveness and improves the US balance of trade in services.”

Atlas Air is part of the U.S. Airlines for Open Skies (USAOS) coalition which also includes FedEx, Hawaiian Airlines, and JetBlue Airways which was formed in support of the United States’ Open Skies agreements.