Transport Airlines

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

Excerpt from Aviation Week

Nov 09, 2012 6:53 am

Skift Take

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

Free Report: The Changing Business of Extended-Stay Hotels

Luke Ma  / Flickr.com

A Qatar Airways flight takes off at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta. Luke Ma / Flickr.com


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.

Read the Complete Story →

Tags: , , ,

Next Up

More on Skift

Daily Travel Startup Watch: Barqo, Get Gone and More
Can Hilton’s New Canopy Brand Help Redefine Lifestyle Hotels?
The New Student Traveler Is More Than Just Backpacks and Parties
4 Strategies to Better Engage the Millennial Traveler