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Despite stalled growth in China, Brazil and Russia, a wave of newly middle-class travelers from the BRICs and beyond will start visiting international destinations in the coming decades — dwarfing the numbers we’ve seen thus far.
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.
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.