Articles tagged “qatar airways”

Newly Named Air Italy Is Ready to Take On Troubled Alitalia

Newly Named Air Italy Is Ready to Take On Troubled Alitalia

Brian Sumers, Skift

We're not sure Europe needs another airline with global ambitions. But more capacity almost always means cheaper fares, so passengers should enjoy watching these competitive dynamics play out. Perhaps Air Italy will become Italy's national carrier if Alitalia stops flying. Or maybe they'll both go bust.

3 days ago

Blockade Has Disrupted Tourism in Qatar But Fueled Cargo Flights

Blockade Has Disrupted Tourism in Qatar But Fueled Cargo Flights

Mohammed Aly Sergie, Bloomberg

Qatar has been able to somewhat compensate with cargo flights, but it would probably prefer to have more humans — who have a bigger economic impact — entering the country.

1 month ago

American Not Ready to Resume Commercial Ties With Etihad and Qatar Airways

American Not Ready to Resume Commercial Ties With Etihad and Qatar Airways

Brian Sumers, Skift

Journalists grilled American Airlines CEO Doug Parker on Sunday about world affairs. It was unusual, considering he usually answers questions about capacity, or the passenger experience. But airlines are global businesses that rely on free trade agreements and deals negotiated by diplomats. Recent protectionist moves by some governments may not bode well for airlines.

1 month 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 months ago

Qatar Airways Considers Loaning British Airways Widebody Jets

Qatar Airways Considers Loaning British Airways Widebody Jets

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

A Gulf blockade has been bad for Qatar Airways' business and the carrier needs to be creative to ensure it keeps generating cash. One way to do that is by loaning planes to British Airways, in which Qatar Air is a major investor.

3 months ago

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.

3 months 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.

4 months 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.

5 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.

6 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?

6 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.

6 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.

7 months ago