American Airlines said it has notified Etihad and Qatar Airways that it was ending the codeshare arrangement with the two Gulf carriers. The announcement puts in perspective certain statements by Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al-Baker some time back criticising the U.S. airlines and its flight attendants.
American Airlines has however, clarified that the decision was based on the ongoing dispute regarding the rapid expansion of US operations by the Gulf carriers Etihad, Emirates and Qatar Airways.
“Given the extremely strong public stance that American has taken on the ME3 issue, we have reached the conclusion that the codesharing relationships between American and these carriers no longer make sense for us,” American said in a statement.
Forbes points out that American move came within a week of it notifying SEC that Qatar wanted to buy up to 10% of its stock.