Qatar airways threatens to leave ‘Oneworld’ as its CEO Akbar al-Baker feels frustrated with oneworld members specially American Airlines and Qantas.
According to Al Baker in an interview with Flightglobal, “the whole idea behind an alliance is to work together to support each other like a family. But I don’t think that is any more the spirit of the alliance, especially since American Airlines is continuously targeting Qatar Airways, slandering Qatar Airways, giving misinformation to the US government about Qatar Airways. And now it is targeting our investment in Air Italy at very high level government interaction, claiming that we are cheating on the open-skies agreement that we signed with the US government.”
Qantas being close to Emirates, has been “blocking us getting rights into Australia.” he added.
However, Oneworld chief executive Rob Gurney tries to resolve the situation, Al Baker says. “I will wait for him to come back before deciding what to do.”..because “If Qatar Airways leaves Oneworld it will send a very wrong message to the world about alliances.” he added.