IAG stock is relatively cheap now so, it makes sense that Qatar Airways took this chance to add to its shares in the company.
Qatar Airways wants a piece of Latam as it struggles with decreased air travel demand in South America.
Delta, United, and American wanted the U.S. State Department to take unprecedented action against Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways. But the government didn't opt for a brash approach. This may well be the beginning of the end of the complaints.
The Gulf region continues its growth as the world's most well-placed airport hub.
Now it's Europe's turn to bang the drum against unfair competition by the Persian Gulf carriers.
If not for Europe's limits on foreign ownership, Qatar Airways and other gulf carriers would undoubtedly have an even larger presence across the continent.
With CEO Richard Anderson leaving Delta soon, we expect that the fury directed at the Gulf carriers will decline significantly.
The IAG investment helps Qatar Airways diversify at a time when some recently popular routes in and out of oil-friendly destinations are beginning to dry up.
Until the Open Skies debacle gets resolved, Qatar Airways' stake in IAG, particularly for its North American routes, is its way to benefit from lucrative transatlantic routes.
Gourmet meals for first-class and business-class flyers are nothing new, but these airlines are taking their offerings to new heights in an effort to win over hungry, big-spending, and food-minded flyers.