Airlines for America, the trade group for the major U.S. airlines, is preparing to propose legislation to Congress that would create a National Airline Policy for U.S. carriers and consumers that would, among its platforms, even the global playing field between U.S. airlines and foreign state-owned airlines. Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson commented on the advantages state-owned airlines enjoy, saying, "Essentially, these are not airlines -- they're governments. They have the ability to gain advantages in markets because profitability doesn't matter." The National Airline Policy aims to reduce the federal tax burden on aviation, eliminate unnecessary regulations, and advocate for more open market access in areas of the world where it does not already exist.
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