Middle Eastern airlines have long been accused of receiving unfair government support, but they are arguing that their model should serve as an example for the world. “Yes, we have governments support us, in the same way as Europeans did before their privatization,” Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al Baker told delegates at the Arab Air Carrier Organization (AACO) annual general meeting here last week. He argues that once airlines in the region “are properly mature,” they will launch initial ...


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