Qatar Airways

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Now, even the Foreign Policy magazine has decided to tackle the issue between the US airlines against the Middle Eastern three of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways.

Foreign Policy The Arab Battle for U.S. Skies

The article on the Foreign Policy that is available on their website is a nice read that tries to go deeper than the other pieces that I have seen written on this topic and is a must read for those that are interested in on this topic. [click to continue…]

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The war of words between the Gulf and US airlines seems to be getting out of control. Two weeks ago Delta CEO was blaming Gulf countries and their airlines of 9/11 (read more here) and now the CEO of Qatar Airways accuses Delta of flying old crappy planes.

AFP Qatar Airways boss accuses Delta of flying 'crap' planes

The US airlines started a campaign trying to get their government to renegotiate the open skies agreement between the Gulf countries of United Arab Emirates and Qatar due to alleged subsidies that their airlines receive. [click to continue…]

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The Airlines of America (American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines) made the 55 page white paper public on Thursday accusing of Gulf airlines of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways of unfair trade practices.

Financial Times US airlines seek action against Gulf carriers

If these airlines are found to be receiving government subsidies, the United States can null the open skies agreement it has with United Arab Emirates and Qatar that was probably negotiated at times when nobody knew that the airlines from these countries would become global heavyweights. [click to continue…]