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The major US carriers are fighting back against what they see as the inequities of the airline world. Calling on their government to initiate a ‘Fair Skies’ rather than an ‘Open Skies’ policy, America, Delta and United hope to limit access to their home market by the Gulf carriers. The argument – that their Middle Eastern rivals are subisdised or funded by the state – may fall on deaf ears, however. And of course, the Gulf carriers have their own views on their success.

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