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Asian travelers hit by Qatar Airways threat to quit Oneworld

Gulf carrier accuses partners American Airlines and Qantas of hostility

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has threatened to pull the airline out of the Oneworld Alliance, citing mistreatment from fellow members American Airlines and Qantas.   © Reuters

Qatar Airways, the fast-growing Gulf airline, which serves dozens of Asian destinations, has threatened to quit the Oneworld alliance next February, accusing its partners American Airlines and Qantas of hostile business practices.

Although Qatar Airways has been subject to a blockade by its Gulf neighbors since 2017, the state-owned airline has continued to expand. It has opened routes in Asia to 13 cities in India, five in China and seven in Pakistan, five in Australia, four in Thailand and three in Vietnam, among other destinations. It also owns a 9.99% stake in Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways.

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