It was certainly no coincidence that Etihad Airways announced its tie-up with Air France-KLM on the same day that Qatar Airways confirmed it will join the Oneworld alliance. But the two deals are about much more than just well-known rivalries. These announcements last week have changed the airline landscape, at least on routes between Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The three big Persian Gulf-area carriers are now no longer operating with minimal connections with their legacy ...

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