The trigger for an unprecedented lobbying campaign was likely this: Emirates launched daily flights from Milan to New York on Oct. 1, 2013. The flights were in line with the open skies agreement between the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates, but they were a shock to American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, which wondered: What if Emirates launches more routes like this? What if Qatar Airways and Etihad do the same? And what if there is actually strong competition on the North ...

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