American Airlines ends codeshares with Etihad and Qatar Airways

American Airlines ends codeshares with Etihad and Qatar Airways

"The codesharing relationships between American and these carriers no longer make sense to us", the Fort Worth, Texas-based company said. The three Middle Eastern airlines have denied receiving any unfair subsidies.

American Airlines said it would also end a marketing agreement with Etihad Airways PJSC.

American Airlines and its US peers have accused the highly subsidized Middle Eastern carriers Etihad, Emirates and Qatar, known as the ME3, of violating the Open Skies accords in their rapid expansion in America.

American notified Qatar and Etihad of the decision on June 29, spokesman Joshua Freed said.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker is apologising for referring to USA airline flight attendants as "grandmothers". Qatar submitted a new notification to the FTC on July 10, American said.

Qatar Airways said last month it planned to take up to a 10% stake in the USA airline, a move that came as a surprise to the executives as the USA airline.

American announced earlier this week it will cancel code-share agreements with both Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways, a deal which sees the carrier's market agreed flights between each other allowing then to extend route coverage. "This action will reduce choices for consumers and may result in higher fares for travellers to and from the United States", the statement read.

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Etihad said that it is "disappointed with the decision".

His comments were labelled "insulting" and "sexist and ageist" by American Airlines and angered United States pilot groups and unions.

The signing event was attended by Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker and Hamad International Airport Chief Operating Officer Eng. Badr Al Meer, who were joined by a delegation of senior Qatar Airways management.

US carriers say the alleged subsidies distort the air travel market and could threaten American jobs.

The U.S. airline's own rules require advance approval from its board for the purchase of a stake of 4.75 percent or more.

"Our stock purchase request and filing is going ahead as normal", Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar al-Baker said.

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