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The world megacarrier that wasn’t: Qatar considered merging with Emirates before joining oneworld

Excerpt from Aviation Week

Nov 09, 2012 6:53 am

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International competitors are intimidated by Gulf airlines on their own and continue to block their traffic rights, so one can only imagine the industry’s reaction to the merger that would have put airlines over the edge.

— Samantha Shankman

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Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al Baker, speaking at the Arab Air Carriers Organization annual meeting in Algiers, said he “considered joining Emirates [Airline] to create a mega-carrier” before being invited to join the Oneworld alliance.

Al Baker said the two airlines would have been able to take advantage of “so many synergies,” while operating networks that were at least partially complementary.

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