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Three big Gulf carriers accelerate their push in U.S. market

by amit.uniyal 26. November 2014 03:04

After vigorously shaking up the commercial aviation markets in Asia and Europe, it’s now the turn of the United States. Leading Middle East carriers such as Qatar AirwaysEmirates Airline and Etihad Airways are making a determined push into the air travel market in the U.S. The high-quality services coming at lower prices gradually seem like a fantasy to the U.S. fliers.

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The three Gulf-based carriers had increased the frequencies of flights to the United States by 47 percent in 2013. These airlines are presently serving 11 U.S. cities. This major push by these carriers has sent the U.S. legacy carriers into a tizzy to the extent that complaints have been filed over the unfair competition being posed by the Gulf carriers.

As a result, Emirates Airline is into a stiff competition with American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Emirates boasts of transporting more passengers to Dubai International Airport from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport than is being presently done by either American Airlines or Delta Air Lines.

Doha-based Qatar Airways has launched flights to DallasMiami and Philadelphia in 2014. Even Etihad Airways is adding nonstop flights to Dallas from Abu Dhabi. With the gradual expansion, the three Gulf carriers will now be competing head-to-head in at least four U.S. cities.

The urge to make a major dent into the U.S. market can be gauged from the fact that these airlines are even spending a lot on branding. In 2014, Emirates Airline sponsored the U.S. Open Tennis championship. It was also San Francisco Symphony’s official airline.

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