Qatar Airways CEO Apologizes for Calling US Flight Attendants 'Grandmothers'

Posted July 14, 2017

American said the decision to end the deals would have no material impact on its finances.

American's decision to end the agreements which allow airlines to book passengers on each other's flights, ramps up an acrimonious dispute between USA carriers and Gulf competitors over competitive advantages. Under code-sharing agreement, airlines are able to jointly market worldwide flights.

The big Gulf carrier said Thursday it was pressing on with plans to buy a 10% stake in its USA rival even after American Airlines ditched their code sharing agreement. American CEO Doug Parker called the plan "puzzling given our extremely public stance on the illegal subsidies that Qatar, Emirates and Etihad have all received over the years from their governments".

Straight from Akbar Al Baker lips, he confirms what AFA has said all along: Qatar Airways thrives on misogyny and discrimination.

Qatar Airways' newest ambassador Fahad Al Qubaisi said: "I'm thrilled to be here for this important event, where we have gathered to show our unity as a nation in the midst of this blockade. This action will reduce choices for consumers and may result in higher fares for travellers to and from the United States", the statement read.

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The comments came amid an intensifying feud between Qatar Airways and American, which began last month with the disclosure that the Arabian Gulf carrier wanted to buy a stake of as much as 10 per cent in the USA company.

"We are disappointed", Akbar al-Baker, chief executive of Qatar Airways, said on Thursday.

The proposed investment would not change American Airline's "board, governance, management or strategic direction", it said.

The move is seen as part of a dispute over state subsidies American claims these carriers receive from their governments.

But on Wednesday, Al Baker walked back his statements, calling them "careless". The Gulf carriers deny the allegation.