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Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

American Airlines cancels codeshare partnership with Qatar Airways and Etihad

American Airlines cancels codeshare partnership with Qatar Airways and Etihad

On the same day, American confirmed that Qatar Airways intends to continue with its plan to acquire an unsolicited equity stake in the airline.

Qatar Airways said it will push ahead with plans to buy a stake in American Airlines even though the U.S. carrier has pledged to end their code-share agreement.

The end of the codeshare deals will not have a significant financial effect, American Airlines said in an e-mailed statement. American Airlines also said it would no longer code share with Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi. It sent the notifications on June 29 in protest of what it and the other major US carriers characterize as illegal subsidies from the governments of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to the respective OneWorld alliance partners. They pressed the USA government to curb the Middle Eastern carriers' access to US airports but this would require advance approval from its board. The three airlines deny the accusations.

American said the decision to cancel code-sharing with the two airlines would have no material impact on the airline.

Qatar Airways, American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and LATAM are all members of the one world airline alliance.

Qatar Airways on Monday withdrew and refiled a regulatory document about its plan to acquire American Airlines shares, the U.S. carrier said on Wednesday. The American chief executive Doug Parker has called the proposal "puzzling".

Meanwhile, the CEO of Qatar Airways said his airline plans to buy 10 percent of American Airlines Group.

At a gala in Dublin, Ireland last week to celebrate Qatar Airways' launch of its Dublin-Doha route, Al Baker told the audience that "the average age of my cabin crew is only 26 years".

But on Wednesday, Al Baker walked back his statements, calling them "careless".

Qatar Airways sent a revised antitrust filing to United States regulators yesterday (12 June) seeking clearance to buy up to a 10% stake in the USA carrier.

"The remarks were made informally at a private gala dinner, following comments about the Qatar Airways cabin service, and were in no way meant to cause offence".

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