Norm Coleman, who was Republican Senator for Minnesota, is lobbying for Emirates as the Middle East's biggest airline seeks to win more routes to the US.

emiratesDelta, United, and American Airlines have fiercely opposed more US access for Emirates, Qatar Airways and Ethihad Airways, claiming they enjoy a competitive edge because they have received subsidies of more than $40B for the Gulf governments.

More than 250 members of Congress have signed a letter seeking a probe into the subsidy allegations by the Depts. of State and Transportation.

Emirates CEO Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum denied the subsidies allegations once again on May 5, telling the Associated Press that the carrier is "dealing with the allegations."

Emirates president Tim Clark criticized the Delta, United and American report on subsidies, saying, "You could drive a bulldozer" through it. He promised Emirates would deliver a "sledgehammer" reponse to the charges.

Emirates on Sept. 1 will kick off service to Orlando, its tenth US destination. It carried 2.3M passengers to and from the US last year.

Coleman represents Emirates through Hogan Lovells law firm.

During his six-years in the Senate, Coleman served on the Foreign Relations Committee and was ranking member of a subcommittee that dealt with issues in the Middle East.

Emirates moved its PR account to Red in in January from FleishmanHillard.