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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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EU’s proposal to safeguard competition may flush out protectionist complaints against Gulf airlines

by CAPA European aviation regulators have drawn the battle line between those seeking a protectionist response to Gulf competition and those that do not want to see such regulatory backsliding. On 8-Jun-2017 the European Commission published a proposal aimed at safeguarding competition in air transport. This was the highlight among a number of measures adopted by the Commission to progress the Aviation Strategy that it issued in Dec-2015. The Commission proposes …

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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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Lifting of electronics ban to come soon, says the United States

The laptop ban could soon be lifted from the four remaining foreign airports and Middle East airlines that have been affected by the United States-led mandate. The Department of Homeland Security announced that if security measures are boosted at the said aforementioned locales in the coming days to weeks, the controversial ban would be lifted. The ban started in March when the US banned electronic devices larger than a smartphone …

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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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IATA chief says aviation growth rate in Middle East is “promising”

In spite of the numerous challenges that besiege the aviation industry in the Middle East, International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac says the future is “promising” with the region’s growth rate being the highest and the fastest in the world. “The future of aviation is positive. People want to fly. We expect 7.2bn passengers to travel in 2035, a near doubling of the 3.8bn …

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US-led laptop ban lifted on more Middle Eastern airlines

You can add Kuwait Airways and Royal Jordanian to the list of Middle Eastern carriers that have allowed passengers to bring their personal electronic devices with them into airline cabins on flights bound for the United States. The two carriers have claimed that they have worked closely with US authorities to implement security measures on flights from Kuwait and Jordan. The US imposed the ban in March on direct flights …

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Qatar set to comply with US-mandated enhanced security measures

Qatar has no qualms regarding the enhanced security measures that would be implemented on flights to the United States, said the country’s Minister of Transport. The measures, which would be implemented within the next three weeks, could involve additional time to screen both passengers and personal electronic devices for potential concealed explosives. Minister of Transport Jassim Saif Al Sulaiti was succinct in describing what his country’s actions towards the US …

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ICAO rejects Qatar’s request to intervene in diplomatic row

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has begged off from dipping their hands into the troubles of Qatar, citing the “lack of jurisdiction.” Qatar has asked the ICAO to intervene after its flagship airline, Qatar Airways, was restricted from entering various neighboring countries’ airspace in the region, after a major crisis that has seen numerous Arab nations to cut ties with Qatar. ICAO described its role as “limited to ensuring …

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