Articles tagged “qatar airways”

Blockaded Qatar Will See Its Flag Carrier Lose Money This Year

Blockaded Qatar Will See Its Flag Carrier Lose Money This Year

Christopher Jasper and Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia has done what the major three U.S. airlines could not do — slow Qatar Airways' growth. A Saudi-led blockade has hurt Qatar's revenue, and that may not change soon.

1 month ago

Qatar Air Spends $662 Million on Stake in Cathay Pacific

Qatar Air Spends $662 Million on Stake in Cathay Pacific

Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

Given Cathay Pacific's recent struggles, airline investors had been pushing for a merger with rival (and shareholder) Air China. Qatar Airways' surprise investment means Cathay's independence will likely be preserved, at least in the short term.

1 month ago

American Airlines Believes It Doesn’t Need Over-the-Top Luxury to Compete With Gulf Carriers

American Airlines Believes It Doesn’t Need Over-the-Top Luxury to Compete With Gulf Carriers

Brian Sumers, Skift

We're not surprised American Airlines is not interested in blinged-out first and business class cabins. But we're still slightly puzzled at the U.S. carriers' anger toward the Gulf airlines. Yes, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar receive government assistance, but so do a lot of airlines.

2 months ago

Qatar Airways is a Big Short-Term Winner from Monarch’s Air’s Failure

Qatar Airways is a Big Short-Term Winner from Monarch’s Air’s Failure

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

This airlift is an impressive feat by the UK government. Kudos to the regulators for making sure everyone gets home.

2 months ago

Saudi Arabia Claims Qatar Blocks Its Hajj Flights for Qatari Pilgrims

Saudi Arabia Claims Qatar Blocks Its Hajj Flights for Qatari Pilgrims

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press

It isn't surprising that Qatar would bar Saudi aircraft — given the recent hostilities between the two countries — even if it's to pick up pilgrims for the hajj. When Saudi Arabia comes to terms with Qatar over their overall issues, then landing rights would be granted.

4 months ago

Qatar Airways Gets a Small Reprieve as Bahrain and UAE Open Some Airspace

Qatar Airways Gets a Small Reprieve as Bahrain and UAE Open Some Airspace

Associated Press

The decisions by Bahrain and United Arab Emirates isn't a game-changer for Qatar but does portend a crack in the anti-Qatar coalition.

4 months ago

Qatar Airways May Be Considering Investing in JetBlue After Passing on American

Qatar Airways May Be Considering Investing in JetBlue After Passing on American

Deena Kamel Yousef and Glen Carey, Bloomberg

JetBlue and other carriers in North America could be on Qatar Airways' target list for investment after being spurned by American Airlines. It remains to be seen, though, whether JetBlue would welcome the outspoken Akbar Al Baker.

4 months ago

Qatar Airways Turns a Fare Mistake Into an Opportunity — Business of Loyalty

Qatar Airways Turns a Fare Mistake Into an Opportunity — Business of Loyalty

Grant Martin, Skift

When you add up the PR value for Qatar as well as the good will it engenders among travelers (especially those adding to their oneworld alliance point totals), the snafu was a smart move.

4 months ago

Qatar Airways Says It No Longer Plans to Buy a Stake in American Airlines

Qatar Airways Says It No Longer Plans to Buy a Stake in American Airlines

Abbas Al Lawati and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Qatar Airways' interest in buying a stake in American Airlines Group did not get a warm reception. It's unclear exactly what prompted the carrier to drop its plan, but the tension between major airlines in the U.S. and those in the Persian Gulf is likely to continue.

4 months ago

Are Aviation’s Global Hubs in Persian Gulf Losing Their Strategic Advantage?

Are Aviation’s Global Hubs in Persian Gulf Losing Their Strategic Advantage?

David Fickling, Bloomberg

The issue is whether the decline in the performance of Persian Gulf carriers is irreversible or an aberration stemming from laptop bans and Saudi-led boycotts. It's difficult to see how these airports' geographic advantages just melt away.

5 months ago

American Airlines Eliminates Codeshare Agreements with Qatar Airways and Etihad

American Airlines Eliminates Codeshare Agreements with Qatar Airways and Etihad

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Given the rhetoric American Airlines executives have used to describe their Gulf rivals, this is not a surprise. But the decision will hurt some of American's customers, who rely on Qatar and Etihad to fly them to destinations North American and European carriers don't serve.

5 months ago

Pro-Open Skies Group Tries to Reach Trump Where it Matters — on Cable TV

Pro-Open Skies Group Tries to Reach Trump Where it Matters — on Cable TV

Brian Sumers, Skift

Here's a prediction. The Trump administration may do little on the Open Skies debate. Yes, U.S. airlines probably suffer because of the agreements with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. But plenty of other U.S. interests take advantage of the same agreements to make money.

5 months ago