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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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Emirates made an announcement last month (read more here) that they would eventually offer their WiFi connectivity free for all the passengers on their flights.

Review Qatar Airways A380 Wifi OnAir U

I had a Qatar Airways flight from Bangkok to Doha last night on-board an Airbus A380 aircraft (I changed the flight day before to catch A380 instead of their 77W as I had not been on QR one previously) and though that I could get some work done during the flight. How wrong I was! [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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Last Thursday, I transited for the very first time through the new airport in Doha. I had only seen the Premium Terminal previously (quite a few times), but the bussing around from/to planes was getting very tiresome.

Fabulous Friday Qatar Airways Business Lounge Doha

The business class lounge looked tastefully done for a Middle Eastern airport and I was surprised the qualify of the adult beverages offered. [click to continue…]