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Articles tagged “gulf carriers”

An Executive’s Retirement Signals the End of a Golden Era at Emirates

An Executive’s Retirement Signals the End of a Golden Era at Emirates

Brian Sumers, Skift

As he retires, Tim Clark will be celebrated as an aviation visionary. He deserves all the credit. But Emirates is slowly losing many of its competitive advantages.

3 months ago

Dubai Puts Freeze on Futuristic Airport Project Until Further Notice

Dubai Puts Freeze on Futuristic Airport Project Until Further Notice

Layan Odeh, Bloomberg

Looks like Dubai overdid it again. Construction work is on hold at its World Central-Al Maktoum airport due to stagnant tourism and slowing economic growth.

7 months ago

The Grounding of the Max 737 Is Stoking More Open Skies Hypocrisy

The Grounding of the Max 737 Is Stoking More Open Skies Hypocrisy

Brian Sumers, Skift

United Airlines supports a trade group that rails against almost everything Qatar Airways does. But this summer, United will put its customers on Qatar Airways jets to fly across the Atlantic. This is interesting, right?

11 months ago

American CEO on Gulf Carrier Pact: ‘Someone Is Cheating Already’

American CEO on Gulf Carrier Pact: ‘Someone Is Cheating Already’

Brian Sumers, Skift

Remember when the Trump administration suggested in May it had solved the ongoing dispute between U.S. and Gulf carriers? Hah. American Airlines CEO Doug Parker is already complaining one competitor is ignoring the spirit of the agreement.

2 years ago

Etihad Airways Will Shrink Further and Reduce Global Ambitions as Losses Mount

Etihad Airways Will Shrink Further and Reduce Global Ambitions as Losses Mount

Manus Cranny, Layan Odeh and Mahmoud Habboush, Bloomberg

Few airline companies have been as poorly managed as Etihad. It is a wonder the carrier is still flying at all. Shrinking the airline is the right move, but is it enough? Or should Etihad simply go out of business?

2 years ago

Emirates President Won’t Rule Out More U.S.-Europe Nonstop Flights

Emirates President Won’t Rule Out More U.S.-Europe Nonstop Flights

Brian Sumers, Skift

It's funny. Fifth Freedom flights — those are routes where an airline flies from a place other than its home country — account for roughly 1 percent of Emirates' capacity, according to the airline's president. And Emirates has only two such routes to the United States. But it's a hot topic among airline insiders, and it doesn't sound like that will change.

2 years ago

Delta Air Lines Will Return to Mumbai Despite Competition from Gulf Carriers

Delta Air Lines Will Return to Mumbai Despite Competition from Gulf Carriers

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

By most accounts, there's not much heft in the new agreements the U.S. government reached with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates over airline subsidies. Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways will still carry a significant number of travelers between the United States and India. Perhaps the updated diplomatic agreement isn't the reason Delta is returning to India. Maybe it's just a good market.

2 years ago

Gulf Carriers Are Challenged by a Capacity Glut

Gulf Carriers Are Challenged by a Capacity Glut

David Fickling, Bloomberg

Western airlines campaigned for the U.S. to somehow level the playing field with Gulf carriers, who rely on fat subsidies. Their cries fell on deaf ears. But harsh market forces may challenge Qatar, Emirates, and others yet.

2 years ago

U.S. and United Arab Emirates Reach Deal to Solve Open Skies Spat

U.S. and United Arab Emirates Reach Deal to Solve Open Skies Spat

Brian Sumers, Skift

The big three Gulf carriers are still very important, but because of a variety of reasons, they're no longer as scary as they were a few years ago. Still, this is good news for U.S. airlines.

2 years ago

Etihad Plans to Stay a Major Global Carrier Despite Financial Woes

Etihad Plans to Stay a Major Global Carrier Despite Financial Woes

Mahmoud Habboush, Bloomberg

It's safe to say that turbulent times remain for the troubled airline. If Etihad still wants to be a major player, the carrier needs to figure out how to do that and still make money.

2 years ago

Qatar Air CEO Calls on Trump to Intervene Against ‘Failed’ Blockade

Qatar Air CEO Calls on Trump to Intervene Against ‘Failed’ Blockade

Benjamin Katz , Bloomberg

If Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker is holding out hope that Trump will side with Qatar over new best-friend Saudi Arabia, he may have a long wait despite the U.S. government's strategic interests in Qatar.

2 years ago

Qatar Airways Makes Concessions in Long Open Skies Battle With U.S. Legacy Carriers

Qatar Airways Makes Concessions in Long Open Skies Battle With U.S. Legacy Carriers

Nick Wadhams and Michael Sasso, Bloomberg

It looks like the conflict between the U.S. — mostly Delta, American and United — and Qatar Airways is finally over, with Qatar agreeing to make concessions probably because a Saudi-led boycott against Qatar is putting it under duress. Will Emirates and Etihad be next to cut a deal?

2 years ago