Delta has released a very long 15 minute video on why competition from the Gulf carriers is unfair, with everyone from CEO Ed Bastian on down pleading the case for the US 3. Delta even says that they are heading back to India and the Middle East once they win the fight.
“When we win this fight, we’re going to go back to India. We’re going to go back to be able to fly back to the Middle East. We’re going to be able to add jobs, lots of jobs. We are going to be able to add new longhaul airplanes to support that growth. And that’s just the start.”
Back in February 2016, Delta ended its Atlanta-Dubai flight saying that the airline could not compete with subsidized service. Since then, Qatar Airways started Doha-Atlanta service. The video of course includes a mischievous looking Akbar Al Baker, CEO Qatar Airlines with the quote – “We launched the Atlanta flight to rub salt in the wounds of Delta.”