Articles tagged “qatar airways”

Qatar Airways Takes a Stake in a Small California-Based Airline

Qatar Airways Takes a Stake in a Small California-Based Airline

Brian Sumers, Skift

Did Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker finally win himself a slice of a U.S. airline? You could say that. But remember JetSuiteX, for now, has only five airplanes. We'll see how much it grows with the new money.

1 week ago

Qatar Airways CEO Calls Blockade a ‘Challenge to Civilization’

Qatar Airways CEO Calls Blockade a ‘Challenge to Civilization’

Benedikt Kammel, Bloomberg

The CEO of Qatar Airways may be vowing expansion and growth, but the blockade is clearly serving its purpose — to put serious financial pressure on the carrier and country.

1 month 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 months ago

Wellness Programs Help Luxury Travel Connect Mind, Body and Vacations

Wellness Programs Help Luxury Travel Connect Mind, Body and Vacations

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The wellness concept has enticed the luxury travel industry. Many of today's high-end travelers want something more than just first-class flights and a fancy hotel -- and there are plenty of companies out there happy to service that need.

3 months 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?

3 months ago

Qatar Airways Has a Problem With Some of Its Double Beds in Business Class

Qatar Airways Has a Problem With Some of Its Double Beds in Business Class

Mohammed Aly Sergie, Bloomberg

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, one of the world's most outspoken executives — in any industry, not just airlines — is known for demanding perfection from his suppliers. It's no surprise Qatar Airways is taking its time with these A350 business class seats.

3 months ago

Qatar Airways Shows Defiance Despite Impact of Saudi-Led Blockade

Qatar Airways Shows Defiance Despite Impact of Saudi-Led Blockade

Stephen Engle and Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker is often defiant, no matter the situation. So it's little surprise he's pledging his carrier can continue to launch successful routes despite the blockade of its home country. But that's easier said than done.

4 months ago

Qatar Airways Keen on Taking a Bigger Slice of Cathay Pacific

Qatar Airways Keen on Taking a Bigger Slice of Cathay Pacific

Brian Sumers, Skift

Other airlines say they're adapting to what younger travelers want. But not all of them actually do it. Delta seems to be ahead of many of its competitors. And that's a good thing.

4 months ago

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.

5 months 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.

5 months 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.

6 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.

7 months ago