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AIRLINES ASSAIL BRITISH AVIATION PROPOSAL AS BID FOR 'FURTHER PROTECTIONISM'

 AIRLINES ASSAIL BRITISH AVIATION PROPOSAL
 AS BID FOR 'FURTHER PROTECTIONISM'
 WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Federal Express and United Airlines issued the following joint statement:
 The proposal tabled this week in Washington shows that the British government wishes to maintain -- and even strengthen -- its protectionist aviation policies, but dress them in meaningless rhetorical flourishes of liberalization.
 The burdensome dispute resolution process the British have devised to protect British Airways and their other carriers from route, capacity and pricing competition from U.S. carriers is an outrage. Its complicated procedures, processes and mechanisms would continue to protect British Airways while bogging U.S. carriers in a bureaucratic mire. It embodies the unique concept of reregulating a market without first deregulating it.
 With British Airways awarded a place at the negotiating table as part of the official British delegation, it should surprise no one that the initial British proposal does not seek real liberalization, but further protectionism at the expense of U.S. and U.K. travelers, shippers and workers.
 We challenge the British government to publicly present a serious, credible plan to achieve the liberalization it professes to favor. These talks cannot succeed if the British remain wedded to a plan that requires major trade concessions on the part of the U.S., in exchange for half-steps and vague promises that carry no guarantee of ever achieving the stated goal of fair and open competition.
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 /CONTACT: American Airlines, Corporate Communications, 817-967-1577; Delta Air Lines, Public Relations, 404-715-2533; Federal Express, Public Relations, 901-395-3490; United Airlines, Corporate Communications, 708-952-5770; or Jerry M. Ray of Powell Tate, 202-434-8559, for the airlines/ CO: American Airlines; Delta Air Lines; Federal Express; United
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