Category Archives for Qatar.

Qatar Airways Delays Super Business Class Product

Qatar Airways Business Class A350. Qatar Airways/Flickr

For a while now, Qatar Airways has been teasing their “Super Business Class” product. The airline’s CEO Akbar Al Baker said that the product would make First Class obsolete, and that it’s basically “first class at a business class fare.” The product was set to be unveiled by the end of the year, but it looks…

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Qatar Ups Stake in British Airways / Iberia / Aer Lingus Parent IAG to 20%

Qatar Airways said on Monday that it now owns a little more than a fifth of British Airways / Iberia / Aer Lingus parent IAG. Qatar upped its stake to 20.01% as of last Thursday from 15.67%, thanks to an attractive market valuation post Brexit. According to Business Insider, the Qatari state-backed carrier reiterated that…

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US Government Sides w/ Gulf Carriers, Ends Open Skies Dispute Leveled by Delta, United, & American

The US Department of State said that after looking seriously into the allegations leveled by Delta, United, and American, it has decided that no formal action is necessary with regards to the Open Skies agreement with Gulf carriers. TheNational, an Abu Dhabi based paper, reports that State Department spokeswoman Nicole Thompson said: “The US government takes seriously the…

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Qatar to Acquire 10% of LATAM Shares, 49% of Meridiana Shares

Wow, two announcements from Qatar within two days of each other at the Farnborough Air Show. On Tuesday Qatar announced their plans to purchase up to 10% of LATAM shares, while today they shared news of a 49% purchase of Italy’s Meridiana. LATAM PR: LATAM Airlines Group S.A., Latin America’s leading airline group, and world-class airline…

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Qatar Says Delta “Wicked” for Ruining First Doha-Atlanta Flight

The CEO of Qatar Airways called Delta “wicked” while attending the International Air Transport Association’s annual meeting in Dublin yesterday according to Bloomberg. He says the US carrier played a crucial part in ruining the airline’s first flight from Doha to Atlanta. The A380 was not allocated a gate when it arrived and passengers were forced…

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Qatar Airways CEO Threatens Split from Oneworld if American Does Not Play Nice

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker  is known for  his outlandish and provocative remarks. Not surprisingly, he is now threatening to leave the Oneworld Alliance if American Airlines continues its support to limit U.S. access to the three major Gulf carriers, Qatar, Etihad and Emirates, according to this Star-Telegram article. Al Baker also accuses American of…

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