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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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Qatar Airways’ plans to set up a domestic airline in India welcomed by top civil aviation officials

Qatar Airways’ plans of setting up a domestic airline in India and the government’s willingness to allow a local carrier that is fully owned by a foreign company will break new ground among aviation markets. India’s top Civil Aviation Ministry officials have welcomed Qatar Airways’ venture with Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) to set up an airline in India to serve local market. The move comes less than a year after …

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Qatar Airways signs pact with Tourism Authority of Thailand to boost tourism

Qatar Airways and the Tourism Authority of Thailand have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that would develop promotions, which would increase tourism and promote the Southeast Asian country to travelers in more than 150 countries that the airline flies to. The pact was signed at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017 in Dubai. Thailand is one of Qatar Airways’ earliest destinations in the Far East. Starting June, the airlines …

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Qatar Airways CEO calls electronics ban to be unnecessary

Qatar Airways Chief Akbar Al Baker has called the decision to ban large electronic devices inside cabins on flights originating from the Middle East to be both unnecessary and rushed. The Trump administration-led mandate banned passengers from carrying anything larger than a smartphone on some flights to the U.S., citing security concerns. But Al Baker, Qatar Airways’ CEO, thought of the ban to be senseless and wholly not needed as …

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Qatar Airways Chief warns US and UK laptop ban may have undesired impact

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al-Baker took to task the US-led ban on electronic gadgets inside passenger cabins of flights from specific countries and airports, saying that terrorists might just have a simple solution to counter that mandate. Al-Baker said that terrorists targeted by the controversial electronics ban introduced in the U.S. and UK will just move to locations where there is less scrutiny and security of airline passengers. As …

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Electronics ban not targeting Gulf carriers, says Qatar Airways CEO

Qatar Airways does not believe that Gulf-based airlines are being singled out by the controversial ban on carrying electronic devices into passenger cabins of flights to the United States from eight Muslim-majority countries. Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker also said that they will be abiding by the mandate that was introduced by the U.S. last week that banned electronics larger than a mobile phone from passenger cabins …

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US airlines pen letter urging US President Trump to take action over Gulf airlines

The Partnership for Open & Fair Skies, an alliance between the United States’ top airlines and unions, has sent an open letter to US President Donald Trump in a renewed effort to get action taken against the alleged trade violations made by Gulf-based airline carriers. The letter has since gained traction, getting published in prominent dailies New York Post and New York Times, with critical claims that the quick rise …

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Lufthansa, Air France-KLM ask EU to take action upon unfair practices by Gulf carriers

The flagship airline carriers of France and Germany have lobbied the European Commission to look into and take action upon what they deem to be unfair practices by Gulf airlines. CEOs of Lufthansa and Air France-KLM have written to EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and asked the Commission to provide a clear definition of what practices are anti-competitive in nature and providing for the limitation of traffic rights as a …

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Gulf airlines say they are helping create American jobs

Contrary to the accusations that are being hurled against them, Gulf-based airlines fired back and said that they are not destroying American jobs, but rather are helping create them. American, Delta and United Airlines continued their call for the new administration to review the Open Skies agreements, which allows Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways to fly freely from the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to any U.S. destination. They allege …

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Trump to meet with US airlines CEOs

The White House has confirmed that United States President Donald Trump is planning to meet with a number of executives from various US airlines on February 9. While it remains unclear which airline CEOs will be attending the said meeting, White House press secretary Sean Spicer revealed that the president is eager to talk “about economic growth and job creation, how he’s enacting orders to make sure the country’s safe.” …

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