Qatar Airways pushes through with US expansion despite ongoing row

Published June 5th, 2016 - 09:00 GMT
Qatar Airways have always denied the allegations against them as have Emirates and Etihad Airways, the Gulf’s two other carriers the US airlines want blocked. (File photo)
Qatar Airways have always denied the allegations against them as have Emirates and Etihad Airways, the Gulf’s two other carriers the US airlines want blocked. (File photo)

Qatar Airways is planning to expand further into the United States, group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said on Friday announcing the Middle East’s second biggest airline would start flights to Las Vegas in January.

The announcement comes just two days after Qatar Airways started direct flights to Atlanta, the hub of US carrier Delta who has lobbied its government against the Doha-based airline.

“We are going to go from January direct from Doha to Las Vegas,” Al Baker told reporters in Dublin for the International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual meet.

The flight will be operated daily with a Boeing 777-300ER (extended range).

The expansion plans are likely to irk Qatar Airways’ US rivals Delta, American and United who allege the Doha-based carrier violates the open skies agreement with billions of dollars in state subsidies. 


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