Emirates chairman 'not worried' if Trump revisits US-UAE open skies policy

Sheikh Ahmed says company has invested $140bn, supports millions of jobs in US
Emirates chairman 'not worried' if Trump revisits US-UAE open skies policy
The UAE signed a bilateral with the US in 1999 on the insistence of the US, according to Sheikh Ahmed.
By Staff writer
Sun 12 Feb 2017 10:35 AM

The CEO and chairman of Emirates has insisted that he is "not worried” about the possibility of US President Donald Trump reopening the issue of open skies policy with the UAE, and pointed to the airline's investment of "billions and support millions of jobs in the US”.

“I am not worried… I think they should look at the case in a very open way. I think it should always be transparent in terms of the financials that we really put out every year, looking at Emirates and what has it been doing over the years since it started in 1985,” Sheikh Ahmed said in an interview with CNNMoney.

“We have a very good relationship with the US for a long period of time and when it comes to business and tourists, we are really supporting the business. We always want to see more people going to the US and also vice versa,” he added.

The UAE signed a bilateral with the US in 1999 on the insistence of the US, according to Sheikh Ahmed.

“It was actually the Americans who were pushing for this agreement to be signed as an open skies policy,” he said.

Since then, Emirates has been operating to the US and will operate 18 flights daily to as of next March.

Sheikh Ahmed revealed that Emirates carries nearly 4,000 people into the US on a daily basis and has invested $140 billion [AED514bn], which supports over a million peoples’ jobs.

Emirates has even ordered 346 Boeing 777s worth $140 billion at list prices since 1991. The airline says those past and future orders, including maintenance and repair deals with GE, support more than a million jobs.

“We really want to create more jobs in the US and support the economy in the US,” Sheikh Ahmed said.

Last Thursday, Trump met US airlines official and offered to help them compete with foreign carriers that are aided by their governments. No details were however given on his alleged plan.

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