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Qatar Airways keen on pursuing stake in American Airlines

Qatar Airways has said that it would push forward with plans to buy a stake in American Airlines even though the US-based carrier just recently ended their codeshare agreement. American just announced that it was ending codeshare pacts with Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways as “an extension of our stance against the illegal subsidies that these carriers receive from their governments”. Both Gulf based carriers have denied the allegations. American’s …

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American Airlines quits codeshare agreements with Etihad and Qatar Airways

American Airlines has put an end to their codeshare agreements with Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways in an apparent sign of protest against the allegations of government subsidies the Middle East carriers are receiving. American has already informed the two carriers of the codeshare terminations on June 29. The last valid date of travel using the codeshare will be March 24, 2018. However, a spokesperson from American confirmed that all …

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Trump administration reconsidering aviation agreements with Middle East airlines

The Trump administration is giving a couple of international aviation agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar second thoughts after they were accused of being illegally subsidized by Persian Gulf countries. The Trump administration have been repeatedly urged by the three major US airlines— Delta, United and American — for action on the matter, arguing that they simply offer no match against the deep coffers of the competition. National …

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Major US airlines get congressional backing in battle against Middle Eastern carriers

United States’ airlines United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines have found new allies in the fight against Middle East-based carriers as a bipartisan group of 17 members of the Illinois’s congressional delegation have signaled their support in urging US President Donald Trump to crack down on alleged trade violations by Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways. The aforementioned US airlines have made a lot of noise over their …

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Qatar Airways commits to buying American Airlines shares

by: Simeon Kerr, Financial Times Qatar Airways is set to start purchasing shares in American Airlines soon despite resistance from the US carrier, the Gulf carrier’s chief executive said on Thursday. American Airlines has long accused the Doha-based rival of benefiting unfairly from subsidies. Even so, the fast-growing Gulf carrier aims to buy up to 4.75 per cent on the open market “depending on the share price”, Akbar al-Baker said …

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American Airlines chief against Qatar Airways plans to buy shares in company

American Airlines’ Chief Executive Doug Parker bared that is not at all enthused with regards to Qatar Airways’ plans of purchasing as much as 10% stake of the former’s shares. In a letter penned to employees of American, Parker vowed to continue American’s “full court press … to stand up to companies that are illegally subsidized by their governments.” Parker also said that he was puzzled by Qatar Airways’ proposed …

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Research says Gulf carriers brought in $7.8B worth of tourist spending to the US

Gulf carriers have brought in nearly $8 billion worth of tourist spending, according to data that was released by the United States Travel Association. A study involving the 14 cities that are currently being served by the Middle Eastern carriers have shown that last year, Gulf airlines brought nearly 1.7 million additional visitors to the US. These visitors in turn, spent a total of almost $7.8 billion during those trips. …

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US airlines workers call on Trump for action on Middle East carriers’ unfair subsidies

Pilots and flight attendants from various airlines stormed Capitol Hill to have their voice be heard in their complaint that Gulf carriers are using subsidies from their home countries to tilt the table in their favor especially on lucrative international routes. And their call for President Donald Trump to take action leaned on the same populist pitch that fueled the Republican’s rise. “President Trump has made it clear that stopping …

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Georgia officials lobby for Trump administration to take action on Gulf-based carriers

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and other state officials have lobbied for the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to act on the long-standing row between U.S. carriers and Middle East airlines. Deal penned a letter and sent it to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Transportation Secretary Elain Chao last month and asked them to “take action” and enforce Open Skies agreements, which govern competition between airlines from different …

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United States’ “Big Three” looking for new top lobbyists

The search is on by the United States’ most prominent airlines – including United Airlines – as they look for a new top lobbyist at a crucial time when their industry has come under fire for the way they treat their passengers. Lawmakers are circling the domestic airline industry after an incident that had a passenger get forcibly taken off an overbooked flight and suffer injuries. Several videos of the …

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