Qatar Airways named best in the business. U.S. carriers fall short

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    Like those plush Qatar Airways first-class “cabin booths?” So do lots of other travelers.

    That may be why Qatar Airways, known for pampering first class customers with Giorgio Armani toiletries, sleeper suits and noise-canceling headphones, has been voted the world’s finest. Skytrax’s World Airlines Awards, based on passenger surveys, were announced Tuesday at the Paris Air Show.

    The highest ranking U.S.-owned airline on the list was Virgin America, all the way down at number 26. Delta ranked 45th.

    No wonder Delta, American and United airlines are so anxious to keep Qatar Airways, along with Emirates and Eithad, from expanding service in the U.S. [emphasis added]

    That isn’t the reason they give, of course. The U.S. airlines complaint stems from their claim, as The Washington Post’s Colby Itkowitz put it, that these airlines are unfair competitors because they are heavily backed by their governments, which allows them to sell cheaper seats.

    Last month, CEOs from key players in the U.S. airline industry spoke out about it at the National Press Club.

    “The concern that we have, candidly, is that we need to act — we need them to act on it with urgency,” Delta CEO Richard Anderson said. “The Gulf carriers are taking advantage of this time period to add 25 percent more flights … and that’s a serious issue because the harm is current. It’s present. It’s happening. And now it’s accelerating.”

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    Absolutely! You nailed it, NYCUA1K. And the $18.6 billion (yes, with a "b") government bailout of our own airlines after 9/11 doesn't count as government support? :rolleyes:
     
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    The whole "debate" and the claims of "unfair competition" by the US airline CEOs are unreal!
     
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    Ah yes everybody loves an airline who treats their female staff like chattel provided they make a lot of money and provide super duper luxurious better than the rest service.:rolleyes:
     
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    Qatar Airways has been fantastic now that the new airport is open :eek:

    the QA employees I have met seem quite happy to be working in Doha, all this talk about how they are mistreated will never be an argument to excuse the complete garbage product offered by the Big 3 in the USA :cool:
     

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