The White House in 2003 made its strongest push yet to increase the foreign ownership limit of U.S. carriers. The proposal failed to pass Congress despite a bold attempt to submit the change as two separate amendments to the FAA reauthorization bill. Congress first enacted citizenship requirments for U.S. airlines with the Air Commerce Act of 1926. That act required that U.S. citizens own at least 51% of any individual aircraft to be able to register it in the U.S. Under the Civil ...
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