I’ll admit, I somehow missed that Airbus and Bombardier talked about a tie-up on the C Series a couple years ago. That would have made yesterday’s announcement a bit less surprising to me. I can’t tell if Boeing saw this coming. And, I can’t really say what’s going to happen next.
For quite a few years now, the Big 3 US airlines and their main lobbying group, Airlines for America, have had a serious problem with the Gulf carriers. Specifically, they believe Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways are receiving sizable subsidies from their respective governments. They believe this creates a lopsided playing field that US airlines can’t compete on. The unions of the airlines believe this costs them jobs. Yesterday we learned Qatar Airways intends to purchase a 10% stake in American Airlines, a publicly held company. It took many folks […]