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Qatar Airways Orders More 777-300ERs, Outlines Future Cargo Plans

At the Boeing Everett Delivery Center on Monday, Qatar Airways received its first of two Boeing 747-8F freighter aircraft. The delivery ceremony was attended by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister, and Vice Chairman of the Boeing Company Ray Conner. His Excellency Mr. Al Baker also announced the order of two Boeing 747-8Fs, including the one delivering to Qatar Airways today, and four 777-300ERs,valued at $2.16 billion…

Qatar Airways Set to Launch Service to Canberra

Doha-based Qatar Airways has announced a new service to the capital city of Australia, Canberra. The new service, which is scheduled to start on Feb. 12, 2018, will not be a direct flight, but will instead route via Sydney, doubling the carrier’s current frequency to the hub. The new service…

American Airlines Plans to Drop Codeshare Agreements with Etihad Airways…

In a statement, American Airlines confirmed on Wednesday that it has notified both Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways that it will not extended its codeshare agreements. Official notice was given to the two carriers on June 29, and will see the codeshare agreements expire in March of 2018. In its…

Qatar Airways Moves Forward with Plan to Purchase Part of…

Despite continued public relations attacks from major U.S. airlines on carriers in the Middle East, Qatar Airways plans to move forward with its initiative to begin purchasing shares of up to 4.75% of American Airlines’ stock. Per company rules, no one can purchase more than 4.75% of American’s total stock…

Qatar Airways Approved to Operate British Airways Flights During Cabin…

Qatar Airways has been approved to operate flights on behalf of British Airways during a planned cabin crew strike set to start on July 1 and last 16 days. The strike is the latest in an ongoing dispute which began over crew pay between the British carrier and mixed fleet…

Updated: Qatar Airways Expresses Interest in 10% Stake in American…

American Airlines announced early Thursday morning that Doha-based carrier and fellow oneworld alliance member, Qatar Airways, has expressed interest in purchasing a 10 percent stake in American. At current share prices, this would account for at least an $808 million investment, and sent American's shares climbing nearly 5 percent in…

Gulf Carriers Halt Flights to Qatar Amid Geopolitical Dispute

On Monday, multiple Gulf carriers announced they are suspending services to Qatar amidst a growing dispute between Qatar’s government and several Arab countries on terrorism concerns in the region. The carriers, which include Etihad, Emirates, Fly Dubai, Gulf Air and Saudia began cutting services, offering affected passengers a variety of…

Qatar Airways Offers Free Hotel Stay for Travelers in Doha

In an attempt to compete with rival gulf carriers, Qatar Airways has announced that it will offer a complimentary night in a hotel in Doha for those who take advantage of its stopover program this summer. This free hotel stay is in addition to the free visa offered for travelers…

Opinion: Service Rather Than Subsidies Explain the Gulf Carriers’ Success

It's no secret that airlines in the U.S. have had a tense relationship with the three largest Middle Eastern airlines. American, Delta, and United have continually argued about the alleged unfair advantages that Qatar, Emirates, and Etihad receive. At this issue’s core is not one of government subsidies, but of…

Qatar Continues Planning for New Domestic Airline In India

In an effort to compete with Emirates and Etihad within India, Doha-based Qatar Airways has been eyeing a large expansion by creating a new domestic airline within the Indian market. Last month, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker announced plans to launch a 100% foreign-owned airline in India through a…