Qatar Airways to add flights to Vietnam

Andrew Cummings
August 2, 2017

Though Qatar noted that it took "into account the latest public disclosure of American Airlines" in making this decision, it's unclear what it means by that, exactly.

Qatar Airways has confirmed it would not be going ahead with its controversial plan to a buy a stake in American Airlines. A request for comment was not immediately returned.

Qatar Airways said on Wednesday it was backing out of its proposed investment in American Airlines, an abrupt reversal of its plans to take a big stake in the carrier.

Executives at American have expressed concern over Qatar Airways' power in the airline industry in the past, after it used its geographical position on the Persian Gulf to build a transfer hub for rich long-haul passengers traveling the world.

It was a decision to that was met with hostility from American and its employees.

However, in another twist late on Wednesday (2 August), Qatar Airways said it was reversing its decision to build a stake in the USA carrier.

USA airlines have accused Qatar, Emirates and Etihad Airways of receiving billions of dollars in unfair subsidies from their governments, with the US carriers lobbying the Trump administration to intervene.

But Qatar Airways has now decided against any investment.

"We will continue to explore opportunities to expand our global network of flights and add value by increasing services across our network in respond to customer demand".

Qatar Airways Cargo has also expanded its footprint in South America, with commencement earlier this year of freighter services to São Paulo, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Quito, Ecuador. "We couldn't be more excited to keep our focus on that mission".

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