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An Etihad A330-200 in the carrier's newest paint scheme in Dusseldorf (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fabian Behr)

New EU Regulation Takes Aim at Middle East Carriers

Airlines in the United States have for years been crying over alleged subsidies that Middle Eastern carriers receive. The U.S. carriers will tell anyone who will listen that the so-called ME3, which includes Qatar Airways, Etihad, and Emirates are all receiving government subsidies that allow the airlines to operate at a loss. They believe that due to the government subsidies the ME3 are able to withstand losses while still offering extravagant premium cabins and growing capacity without regard for costs.…