Aviation Conspiracy: Foreigners To Own American Airlines In "Open Skies" Pact?
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Quote of the Week: "This agreement would bring nearly 750 million people and
26 countries together to comprise the largest and most lucrative open
aviation market ever created," U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta
comment on the "Open Skies" agreement which opens the U.S. to all European
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Foreigners To Own American Airlines In "Open Skies" Pact?
As Bill Sees It: (Editorial) Homeland Security, Airline Safety And Airport
Communities Sold Out By Bush Administration: It's like 9/11 never
happened!!! The Bush Administration, in cahoots with the airline industry,
has been pushing a major decrease in homeland security; the highly
polluting, aviation "Open Skies" pact with the European Union. I don't
understand why something that will not only allow foreign ownership of
American airlines but will diminish our national security can happen without
a vote in Congress!!! ?This pact will allow any European Union country plane
to fly anywhere in the United States. Cleverly spinned as the "Open Skies"
agreement, it should be called the "No Sleep" agreement because it will
increase the night operations at America's airports. As our airports are
already at peak capacity, increased European flights will have to be
allocated to the night hours. That will mean even more lost sleep by
Americans living near airports. But what is that as long as airline industry
can make a few more dollars. As this also has to be approved by the European
Union, I only hope there is outcry by Europeans, especially the English
people living near Heathrow Airport, who will also be assaulted by the
Bush Shills For Boeing In China This Week: While giving Iraq "shock and
awe" bombing this week Bush crawled to China communists with his hat in his
hand in an effort to reverse his dropping approval ratings. The Chinese know
very well that Bush's dragging us into war with Iraq and his contempt for
the UN has put America in a weak bargaining position. I'm sure the communist
dictators are laughing at Bush's claim that he trying to help bring
democracy and religious freedom to China. Bush's actual agenda had more to
do with pushing China to buy Boeing planes and stopping the illegal copying
and selling of movies. This is how Bush makes up our 200 billion dollar
trade imbalance with China which has destroyed so many manufacturing jobs in
the U.S. The communists no doubt skillfully used their letting North Korea
develop nuclear weapons and freedom for Taiwan as bargaining chips to keep
American dollars flowing into their pockets. China promised to cut its trade
deficit with us, but (of course) made no concrete moves to do so.
Massive DOUBLING Of European Union Air Traffic Planned!!! Look out kids
your going to get hit. The European Union, which has finally thrown off all
pretense of caring about the health and welfare of its citizens, has
revealed plans this week for the DOUBLING of air traffic of its member
states. No doubt they will use the FAA's methodology of selling new runways
by conning airport communities into thinking this will reduce their
overflights. It was only two years ago that the EU Court of Human Rights
threw out the petition of Heathrow Airport communities that asked for a
ruling that night flights violated the health and human rights of EU. The
EU, like the UN, has become just another arm of the International Aviation
Cabal, pushing uncontrolled aviation expansion at the price of the
environment, health and welfare of millions of people.
Peking: Bush Shills For Boeing: BEIJING (AFX) - China has signed an
agreement to buy 70 Boeing 737-700/800 aircraft with a catalog price of
about 4 bln usd, the official Xinhua news agency said. The agency also said
that China will soon sign another agreement with Boeing for the purchase of
80 more 737 jets. Xinhua quoted a source at China Aviation Supplies Import
and Export Group Corp, which handles government aircraft purchases, as
saying the first group of planes will be delivered to eight Chinese airlines
between 2006 and 2008. The latest deal adds to an agreement in January in
which Boeing sold 60 of its new generation 787 'Dreamliner' passenger jets
to China. http://www.forbes.com/finance/feeds/afx/2005/11/20/afx2347011.html
EU Announces New Air Traffic System: The European Union unveiled a plan
Thursday for a 20 billion air traffic control system to tame the Continent's
crowded airspace and to allow a doubling of the number of flights in the
next 15 years. The new Sesar system, backed by 30 European air transport
companies and associations, will not produce immediate results. Planning
will take 2 years, followed by at least 13 years of construction and
testing. The initial phase is budgeted for 60 million, or about $70 million.
New air traffic systems are rapidly moving toward allowing pilots or airline
dispatchers to select their own routes and altitudes, with the traffic
system and its controllers settling any conflicts, shifting their roles from
''control'' to ''management'' of the skies.
Important Aviation News Stories This Week
US-EU reach tentative deal on "open skies" pact Saturday 19 November 2005,
By John Crawley
WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) - The United States and the European Union
reached a tentative deal on Friday to dramatically expand aviation service
and boost competition on both sides of the Atlantic.
Negotiators made substantial progress in the U.S. State Department-led talks
this week on the breakthrough pact, which must be reviewed by EU transport
ministers, who meet next month.
Europe is conditioning approval on a crucial side issue -- the U.S. proposal
to ease some limits on foreign investment in American carriers. European
negotiators first want to ensure the Transportation Department plan is
finalized and that it would facilitate greater investment opportunities and
wider access to important travel markets.
Daniel Calleja, the European Commission director general for aviation,
called the "open skies" agreement a "significant step" and said chances for
approval in Europe were good, if the ownership question moves "in the right
The agreement has remained elusive for years and does not require U.S.
congressional approval. Nevertheless, there has not been universal support
among lawmakers, airlines and labor groups in the United States for further
opening the trans-Atlantic market. The Bush administration said it plans to
move forward carefully on Capitol Hill.
If approved, the deal would eliminate remaining restrictions on service and
routes between European and U.S. destinations. It would also effectively
remove fiercely protected competition barriers to London's Heathrow airport,
Europe's foremost gateway for international business travel.
The agreement would not impose restrictions on the frequency of service, the
type of aircraft used, or routes selected by airlines.
But many large metropolitan airports, especially in the United States, are
crowded and space is often tightly controlled for safety. The agreement
would grant carriers clearance to apply to regulators for operating rights.
Fares could be set freely and carriers would be granted unlimited rights for
service beyond the 25-member EU states and United States to points in third
"We want to open the gates for vigorous competition," said Sen. John Byerly,
a senior State Department official and the lead U.S. negotiator.
Negotiators for both sides came close last year to securing a broad-based
deal to expand where airlines can fly in the trans-Atlantic market, but
European ministers rejected it.
The United States had liberalization agreements with most European countries
before the European Union assumed authority for negotiating a universal
The primary holdout has been Britain, which has been reluctant to give up
more access to Heathrow. Currently, only two U.S. carriers - United Airlines
(UALAQ.OB: Quote, Profile, Research) and American Airlines (AMR.N: Quote,
Profile, Research) can fly there, and only on a limited basis.
British Airways, the dominant carrier at Heathrow, did not fully embrace
prospects for liberalization.
"Right now, the U.S. proposal falls short of the legislative solution that
could have delivered a very real transformational change to the restrictive
ownership and control rules," said Andrew Cahn, the director of government
and industry affairs for British Airways (BAY.L: Quote, Profile, Research).
Virgin Atlantic [VA.UL] was also critical of the deal. The airline founded
by British entrepreneur Richard Branson said Europe rejected last year's
proposal for favoring the United States. "Nothing has fundamentally
changed," Virgin Atlantic chief executive Steve Ridgway said in a statement.
Earlier this month, the Bush administration transportation planners proposed
to ease restrictions on overseas investment in U.S. airlines, giving foreign
investors more input into marketing, routing and fleet planning.
Seventy-Five members of the House of Representatives, including 22
Republicans, have written to Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta opposing
the ownership change.
(Additional reporting by Jeff Mason in Brussels)