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Delta’s CEO was on Quest Means Business last night on the CNN and seems that the US airlines are gearing up the rhetoric against the Gulf airlines of Emirates and Etihad (both from the UAE) and Qatar Airways.


Source: CNN

Now, Delta’s CEO is blaming the countries (all) on the Arabian peninsula for the September 11 attacks that lead the restructuring of the airlines in the United States and implying that UAE has something to do with them. [click to continue…]

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American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines have started to lobby the US government to restrict the expansion of the gulf airlines namely Emirates, Etihad and Qatar due to alleged “subsidies”.

WSJ Big U.S. Airlines Fault Persian Gulf Carriers

The United States and the gulf states have an Open Skies agreement that allows the airlines from these countries to freely operate flights in-between, as long as they don’t receive government subsidies. [click to continue…]

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Here are three reader questions from the past week that I have decided to reply to publicly. You can always email me, leave a note or private message on Facebook, or Tweet me with your questions.

Reader Questions January 3 2015

Note that I can shorten the emails and edit them for clarity. I always remove the personal information of both the reader and front line employees. If there are managers involved, I may leave their names intact, however. [click to continue…]

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Wall Street Journal’s The Middle East columnist Scott McCartney filed an interesting piece from Dubai yesterday (access on WSJ) about the growth of the Gulf carriers of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways in the United States.

WSJ Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Make Their Move on the U.S.

As the US airlines are incapable of competing with the new planes, entertainment, food and service they are just whining and would like to US government to renegotiate the open skies agreement between the countries. [click to continue…]

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Emirates is expanding its free WiFi connectivity for all eligible flights starting immediately the airline announced on November 4, 2014.

Emirates Free WiFi November 2014

Due to the system limitations in place right now, the first 10MB will be free and the next 600MB will cost just $1. The eventual goal is to offer free WiFi fleet-wide. [click to continue…]

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) and Emirates are about to launch “Your World Rewards” frequent flier/guest partnership similar to what SPG already has in place with Delta.

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Emirates Your World Rewards Main

Starwood Preferred Guest Gold members will receive one Starpoint per USD spent on Emirates flights and Platinum members will receive additional benefits such as priority check in and boarding. It is unclear what Emirates Gold and Platinum members will get from this partnership. [click to continue…]

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JW Marriott Dubai (the old one close to the airport) has an offer for 1,000 bonus Etihad, Emirates or Saudia miles per weekend stay between October 5 and December 28, 2014.

Marriott Rewards JW Marriott Dubai Airline Offer

The weekend night in the Middle East is considered Thursday to Sunday and the Saudia offer requires minimum of two nights stay. [click to continue…]

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Let me begin saying that I am glad that the World Cup is finally over. I am not really into football, but ended up watching quite a few matches in pub environments (too many beer pitchers) in an ungodly hours here in Jakarta.

Emirates FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 Bloomberg

Nobody watching the matches could have missed the Emirates advertisements that were all over and the FA’s (their Emirates FA outfits were completely out of place IMHO) carrying the medals at the final ceremony. [click to continue…]