American Airlines ends codeshare deals with Qatar, Etihad

Ashley Carr
July 14, 2017

Finally, the Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates-based airline stated that it is "committed to the USA market and American consumers and are taking all possible measures to ensure that the flying public is not harmed by this decision".

The United Arab Emirates' (UAE) national carrier Etihad Airways said on Thursday it regretted the American Airlines' decision to terminate their code-sharing agreement, local media reported.

American notified Qatar and Etihad of the decision on June 29, spokesman Joshua Freed said.

The new route announcement comes after the airline was forced to stop flights to 18 Middle East destinations last month due to the regional political crisis.

However, American's decision to end the codeshare agreement with Etihad and Qatar doesn't mean an end to their business relationship.

In his comments he had said "you are always being served by grandmothers" on United States airlines, adding that the average age of Qatar Airways cabin crews was 26.

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American's decision came after Qatar Airways said in June that it wanted to buy as much as a 10 percent stake in American Airlines, which caught the USA carrier by surprise. "We are committed to doing everything we can to continue to support our team members and ensure that there is fair competition between American and the Gulf carriers".

Qatar Airways still loves American Airlines.

USA carriers say the alleged subsidies distort the air travel market and could threaten American jobs.

Qatar Airways sent a revised antitrust filing to USA regulators earlier seeking clearance to buy up to a ten per cent stake in American.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker is seen during a commemorative signing wall event in support of Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani in Doha, Qatar, July 13, 2017.

That's proven good for consumers, who have more choices for worldwide travel than ever before, and at better prices, but it isn't appreciated by certain legacy carriers facing increased competition, writes Veronique De Rugy.

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