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Airlines in America fail in their campaign against the Gulf carriers

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LexHumana

American carriers, with the exception of a few like Southwest, are largely antiquated, non-agile, non-innovative, and reliant on quasi-monopolies over their spoke-and-hub routes and gate assignments at airports. They cannot hope to properly compete in a truly deregulated environment, let alone a globalized one. Their sole avenue to profit is by squeezing their domestic consumer base of every last penny for every "service" they can possibly monetize. This is why they are, as a last resort, running to the government to try and obtain protectionist measures. I am happy they largely failed, and look forward to the day that increased competition finally forces airlines to reform their practices internationally (and hopefully someday, domestically too).

Hedgefundguy

Perhaps US airlines need to sponsor soccer teams throughout Europe as a way of building their brand.
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Then European soccer fans will buy and wear the advertising that they call "jerseys."
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Paying money to the FIFA to be the only airline to fly fans to the World Cup would also help.
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"Emirates Airlines was also a sponsor of FIFA and the FIFA World Cup, but stopped its sponsorship in early 2015, due to allegations of corruption and bribery within FIFA, as well as FIFA's questionable decision to award the 2022 FIFA World Cup to Qatar."
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"Since the 2006–07 season, it has been the primary shirt sponsor of Arsenal, Hamburger SV and Paris Saint-Germain as well as AC Milan since the 2010–11 season, Real Madrid since the 2013–14 season and Benfica since the 2015–16 season[109] It is also the primary shirt sponsor of the New York Cosmos. Emirates is also the title sponsor of the FA Cup, Emirates Cup and Arsenal's Emirates Stadium."
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"In August 2009 the Scottish Junior Football Association announced that Emirates would sponsor its Scottish Cup competition.[110] Emirates is the sponsor of AFC travel and play, in AFC Champions League and AFF Suzuki Cup."
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emirates_(airline)#Football
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James K Griffin in Italy

Many U.S. businesses advocate "anti-regulatory", "let the market decide" approaches to their activities...until they are threatened by competitors that thrive in such an environment. Then, of course, they seek the shelter of regulations that inhibit competition. The "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones." analogy is appropriate.

ashbird

There is yet another piece to the competition. I think no amount of campaigning by the carriers will materially impact the bottom-line choice of consumers, people who pay to get on the flights. Consumers look at fare and service. Attendants who wear a smile, speak pleasantly, are preferred over ones who act as if a passenger is paid to sit in the plane, not the other way around. The service staff at departure terminal also makes a difference. If these features deteriorate incrementally over time, the choice for a consumer is clear.

SAS

The US airlines and Gulf airlines are operating in completely different markets as South Asia and the Middle East, which are the home territory for the Gulf carriers are NOT important or large markets for US airlines.

In any case, there are more than enough passengers flying at any time for both groups of airlines to profit, succeed and grow. The two groups do NOT need to be rivals at all.