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JetBlue & FedEx Back Gulf Carriers, Could AA Ditch US3 & Join M. East Carriers?

Both JetBlue and FedEx have come out in support of the Gulf carriers in the battle with the US3. JetBlue has partnerships with Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar, while Fedex is currently expanding a major hub operation in Dubai. JetBlue had this to say: “Just as the three U.S. legacy carriers currently alleging unfair subsidies have exhibited…

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Etihad Make Changes to Award Redemptions, Impact to AA Awards?

Etihad sent notice this morning that after a comprehensive review of their Etihad Guest loyalty program, they’ve essentially decided to introduce the equivalent of AAnytime awards, offering last seat availability for redemptions.  The new award level will be called OpenSeats. In addition, they are increasing the number of business class seats available at the low (GuestSeats)…

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“Gulf Carrier Subsidy Allegations Appear Valid” – US House Transport Panel Chair

A brief statement was released by Bill Shuster, US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman, regarding the allegations that the Middle East airlines receive illegal subsidies in violation of Open Skies: “They’re state-owned companies, and they’re getting what we believe are infusions of cash, which is not fair. The committee has spoken with the…

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Etihad Changing Itineraries for $0 Mistake Fares! – Canceling Connecting Partner Flights

During Etihad’s $0 mistake fare “xmas sale” several purchasers opted for connecting flights so that they could take advantage of a free stopover in a European city via one of EY’s partner carriers. Over the last week, Etihad has begun informing these customers that they are changing their itineraries to direct flights operated by Etihad. While…

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Emirates Sheikh to American/Delta/United: Stop Whining and Try Winning on Service!

Emirates Chairman Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoumheikh says that US Airlines should stop complaining to the Department of Transportation about Middle East carriers and their potential government subsidies (which the airlines deny), and should instead try to win customers back based on service quality. Lots of interesting quotes from the Bloomberg article: “Offer the…

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Alitalia & Etihad Major Announcements – New Routes, Partners, Livery, Uniforms, Fleet Sharing

Etihad had a press conference in Abu Dhabi today to discuss the “strategy for the new Alitalia”.  Rumors on a potential SkyTeam exit flew this weekend as Etihad and Alitalia representatives met with Air France-KLM and Delta in secret. Well, it appears the JV and  SkyTeam membership are in-tact for now, both specifically called out during…

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Etihad’s “The Residence” Now Available for Online Booking / Mash-Up Video by Bloomberg

When Etihad first announced their amazing “The Residence” cabin, the initial 10 A380 flights with the configuration sold out immediately. The lack of availability later expanded to the entire first three weeks of flights and anything later could only be booked directly with Etihad’s phone reservations, though it was viewable online. Well, I just received this…

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Etihad’s $0 Fare Receipt – Mistake Fare Calculation Details

Below is a copy of a ticket receipt from the Etihad “xmas fare sale” which provides evidence to support what most had already suspected, the “sale” was clearly the result of only taxes and fees being charged. You can see that the fare for JFK-CDG-AUH-MAN-JFK is actually listed as $0.00. The taxes/fees/carrier imposed charges total $158 instead of the…

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