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Monday, 24 April 2017

Qatar Air Adds San Francisco After Emirates' Trump Cuts - Bloomberg

Qatar Air Adds San Francisco After Emirates' Trump Cuts - Bloomberg:

"Qatar Airways Ltd. announced plans to add San Francisco to its network of U.S. destinations, plotting expansion just days after rival Emirates moved to reduce flights to the country citing President Donald Trump’s travel restrictions. The Doha-based carrier will serve the California city starting in 2018, the company said Monday at a press conference in Dubai. The Persian Gulf airline will use Boeing Co. 777-300 aircraft on the route, which will become its 15th U.S. destination. Qatar Airways has remained bullish on the U.S. even after Trump’s administration targeted the region with an attempt to block travel from six predominantly Muslim nations and a ban on carrying on laptop and tablet computers on flights from Middle East airports, including Doha. Emirates, which is based in Dubai, last week cited weaker demand caused by the restrictions as the cause for scaling back flights on five of its 12 U.S. routes. American rivals have accused Emirates and Qatar Air with unfair competition."



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