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U.S. Airlines Reignite Concerns with Qatar Airways over Air Italy Expansion

Qatar Airways is hitting back at allegations that they are subsidizing Air Italy by providing ‘free’ aircraft and engaging in anti-competitive practices. The Financial Times reported the allegations by incoming U.S. House of Representatives Transportation Committee chairman Peter DeFazio and his concerns that the Qatari airline was undertaking strategies to assist the Italian carrier, which Qatar has a 49 percent stake in, to expand operations to U.S. destinations. Chief executive of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker told the Financial Times…

Qatar Airways Celebrates 10 Years of New York Service

Qatar Airways celebrated an anniversary this past November, marking 10-years of the airline serving New York City via John F. Kennedy International Airport. Celebrating the important milestone in style, Qatar held a private gala on Thursday at New York City’s Cipriani featuring performer Alicia Keys. The airline has strong reason…

Qatar Airways Inks Interline Agreement with Massachusetts’ Cape Air

Qatar Airways has entered into an interline partnership with Massachusetts-based Cape Air, following alongside its American codeshare partner JetBlue Airways. Known for its regional service throughout the Northeastern United States, Cape Air operates a fleet of turboprop Cessna 402C aircraft to destinations such as Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.; Lebanon, N.H. and…

Analysis: Qatar’s Aircraft Shortage is Causing Growing Pains

Qatar Airways continues to face struggles hampering their ambitious growth plans. In mid-2017, four countries suddenly cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, announcing all travel into and out of Qatar would be shut down indefinitely. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates took those drastic measures as Libya, the Maldives, and…

New York-JFK’s Ultra-Modern Aircraft Renaissance: Asiana Airlines Announces A350 Service…

Asiana Airlines announced both in an Instagram post and on its website that it will be sending its Airbus A350-900XWB aircraft to New York in late October. ASIANA350, as the Seoul-based airline referred to its newest ultra-modern aircraft, will be replacing its largest aircraft, the Airbus A380, on the route…

Qatar to Build A350XWB Stronghold at New York-JFK

Qatar Airways announced on Wednesday that the first scheduled route for its new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft to the United States will be to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. New York’s primary international airport currently receives two daily flights from Doha, one departing in the early morning operated by…

Airbus A350-1000 Arrives in the U.S. for the First Time

The Airbus A350-1000, the largest variant of the A350 family, has reached a new milestone in its short flying career, landing in the United States for the first time. Operated by Qatar Airways, the launch customer for the type, the aircraft touched down at Philadelphia International Airport shortly after 11:30…

Qatar Airways Displays Six Aircraft and Unveils New Executive Jet…

Qatar Airways has a dominating presence at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow with six aircraft on display, including the showpiece Airbus A350-1000, a Boeing 777-300ER, a Qatar Cargo Boeing 747-8F, a JetSuiteX Embraer E-135 (of which Qatar Airways is a minority shareholder) and an Air Italy Boeing 737 MAX (of…

Air Italy Looks to Disrupt Italian Market with First Boeing…

At Boeing's Everett facility on Friday, Air Italy took delivery of its first 737 MAX 8 aircraft, EI-GFY. The aircraft was unveiled and showed off to VIP dignitaries and guests and was met with plenty of optimism for the future of the Italian aviation industry. The aircraft is just one…

Trip Report: Comparing Qatar’s A350-900XWB Business Class with the 777-300ER…

Two weeks ago, AirlineGeeks traveled to Doha, Qatar, for the 31st Annual IATA International Ground Handling Conference. This year’s conference, the first one to take place in the Middle East, was being hosted by Qatar Airways and Qatar Aviation Services, their ground handling subsidiary, and would focus on advancing a…