UAE's Etihad Airways says end of codeshare with American Airlines "regrettable"

The American-Etihad codeshare, which started in 2009, would end on March 25, 2018, an Etihad Airways spokesman confirmed in a statement e-mailed to Khaleej Times.

"Given the extremely strong public stance that American has taken on the ME3 [Middle East three] 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 sent to ATW.

American Airlines has cancelled code-share agreements with Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways as the USA carrier seeks to increase pressure over alleged state subsidies.

In a statement Wednesday, the US carrier said the agreements "no longer make sense" given its "extremely strong public stance" against Qatar Airways, Etihad, and Dubai's Emirates.

American Airlines and other dominant US aviation companies have accused Etihad, other consumer and business groups of relevant air transport agreements violations.

The new route announcement comes after the airline was forced to stop flights to 18 Middle East destinations last month due to the regional political crisis.

Mr. Al Baker's comments are misogynistic and demeaning, and they are offensive to the hardworking Americans that his subsidized airline is trying to put out of work. "We are committed to doing everything we can to continue to support our team members and ensure that there is fair competition between American and the Gulf carriers".

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Qatar Airways and American Airlines are still partners in the OneWorld alliance.

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

Baker and Qatar Airways have not responded to the massive condemnation.

The canvas signing event, held on Thursday 13 July in front of Qatar Airways' corporate headquarters, was inaugurated by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, who proudly was first to sign the display, as a gesture of solidarity between the national airline and its thriving home and hub, Doha, Qatar.

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

All three Gulf carriers operate flights out of Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.

When Qatar Airways launched Atlanta-Doha flights past year, it sparked a dispute with Delta over a gate at the airport and prompted Delta to withdraw its sponsorship of the Fox Theatre, which hosted a gala for Qatar.

  • Rita Burton