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

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 pre-market trading. The announcement comes at a time of struggle for Qatar Airways, as it has faced a challenging environment in the Middle East following removed diplomatic relations with nearby…

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…

Qatar Reveals New Long-Awaited Business Class Product

To celebrate its twentieth anniversary, Doha-based Qatar Airways has announced some sizable upgrades to their passenger experience. Qatar has released a new business class cabin which has raised the bar from previous standards. The new experience, entitled “QSuite," was revealed to the public by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His…

Qatar Airways Increases Stake in IAG

After seeing success in its initial investment, Qatar Airways has raised its stake in International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) to a total of 15.01%. Current restrictions in the European Union allow foreign investors to hold up to 49% of a European carrier, giving Qatar plenty of opportunities to grow its…

Qatar Expands Global Network with 14 New Destinations

Qatar Airways announced a significant expansion of its global network today at ITB Berlin, including five new routes to Europe six new routes to Africa, and one new route to Asia. In addition, Qatar announced it will begin the world’s longest flight on December 3 from Doha to Auckland, New…

Qatar Airways Shows Off Their A350XWB in New York

Touching down at JFK on Tuesday was a Qatar Airways Airbus A350XWB, the first commercial A350 to ever grace its wheels upon United States soil. From airport workers, to avid plane spotters everyone was talking, and posting on social media in regards to the arrival. The chatter continues to revolve…

The Future of the Airbus A350 XWB

[caption id="attachment_107" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo: Airbus[/caption] This wide-bodied jet airliner, the A350 XWB, will finally be taking the skies for commercial flights with Qatar airways. Qatar has ordered 80 of these aircraft with one already delivered on the Dec. 23rd 2014. This airline has the most orders of the A350…