An astroturf group, Americans for Fair Skies, has been set up to make the case against Gulf carriers.
They’ve released a new YouTube video illustrating subsidies received by Emirates. I’m troubled by the continued use of ‘Sheikh’ in the video, at least 10 times in less than 4 minutes.
- It’s a xenophobic ploy
- The personalization isn’t necessary to the argument, the relationship between the airline and government aren’t driven by family ties. If anything it’s the other way around.
- Naming individuals lets them use words like “Mohammed” and other foreign-sounding names over and over.
Nonetheless, having written US Airlines Should Shut Up About Having to Compete Against Gulf Carriers (and yesterday pointing out that American Airlines’ first large aircraft order was subsidized by the US government) I thought I should pass along the case being made by the other side.
Incidentally, the US airlines would like you to subsidize their lobbying efforts: