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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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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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It has been widely reported today that Etihad and the Italian government have reached an agreement that will see Etihad invest 560 million Euros for a 49% share of Alitalia with future possible injection of up to 600 million additional Euros over three years.

Alitalia Etihad

The current shareholders must chip in an additional 150 million Euros in September to keep the airline up and running until the deal with Etihad is closed. [click to continue...]