This show of force by Qatar Air continues to be impressive, but whether or not it's sustainable is another question.
Last spring the now ex-CEO was talking about how the Gulf wasn't much needed. He was wrong then, but is right now.
Bahrain's national airline Gulf Air didn't take off like Emirates or Qatar leaving the destination envious of its neighbors' tourism booms. Bahrain is now focusing all attention on Asia in its second attempt to build an aviation hub.
Great long story on the way these big Gulf carriers are changing the world, and how pivotal 2012 was to the future of aviation.
Emirates' ambition is perfectly matched by its timing: It's been building a world-class carrier without the baggage of legacy lines but with all the advantages of being in the right place at the right time.
Bahrain is a tiny destination but its airport offers connections and direct transportation to Saudi Arabia so as business travel increases in the Middle East, it wants to be ready to get a piece of action.
Morocco aims to treble tourism by partnering with a gulf airline to drive access from currently untapped tourist markets in China, India, and Latin America.