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Qatar Airways Ready For Acquisitions  
User currently offlineVS11 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1163 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5230 times:

Per Airwise:

"Qatar Airways is eyeing acquisitions and could strike a deal as early as this year, a German newspaper cited chief executive Akbar Al Baker as saying.

"It is very well possible that we will buy shares in another airline. Precondition is that it has a strong network and can help us to become a more global actor," Financial Times Deutschland quoted him as saying."

http://news.airwise.com/story/view/1299797337.html

Which airline(s) do you think they would want to acquire? VS? MA? Alitalia? Finnair?

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User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5224 times:

IMHO, it probably isn't a European carrier.


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User currently offlineVS11 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5123 times:

Quoting KFlyer (Reply 1):
IMHO, it probably isn't a European carrier.

It doesn't have to be European but not sure anything else would make sense for them as they want something big enough to be global. It can't be a US carrier for the ownership restrictions. Latin American carriers seem unfit due to location. Strategically, I don't see Qantas fitting in either so we are left with only potential Asian acquisitions but that wouldn't appear very strategically relevant either. Having some sort of a European feeder airline seems most logical to me, especially if it can reach the US...


User currently offlineLondonCity From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 1602 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4948 times:

Last January it was rumoured in the Portugese media that QR might buy a stake in TAP. It's logical in as much as TAP could assist with QR's plans to develop routes to S America and Africa.

http://aeiou.expresso.pt/tap-qatar-a...e-comprar-parte-do-capital=f627404


User currently offlineJOE777 From Saudi Arabia, joined Mar 2011, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4026 times:

I would imagine a stake in either an American airline with a good network domestically, regionally, and internationally "to destinations that QR do not fly to or do not have a strong presence at" can be a good option. Or probably an Asian airline? There is a quite a demand on routes from Asia to the Middle East, or Asia to Europe via Middle East.

User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 7468 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4012 times:

Back in 2006 they were interested in PIA.

User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17237 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3905 times:

SQ's shares in VS seem like the likely acquisition target.


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User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12956 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3771 times:

Can you imagine what some European airline unions would think of having AAB being involved with their airline?!

User currently offlineVS11 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3619 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 7):
Can you imagine what some European airline unions would think of having AAB being involved with their airline?!

Why? What is his reputation for employee relations?


User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12956 posts, RR: 34
Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3474 times:

Quoting VS11 (Reply 8):
Why? What is his reputation for employee relations?

Not good at all; "fear" the key word; many people have been fired for offences which, in other countries and airlines, would have been grounds for a minor ticking off or a written warning; there is, of course, little or no labour protection or union recognition in Qatar, so basically it's what the airline (and its CEO) says that goes.


User currently offlineyowza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 5007 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3447 times:

Quoting VS11 (Reply 8):
Why? What is his reputation for employee relations?
Quoting kaitak (Reply 9):
Not good at all.

Labour laws in Europe would crush the ego of any CEO who would dare push their limits so this a non-issue. Now if QR goes shopping and buys say PK or another carrier from a country with softer laws that's a different story.

YOWza


User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 7468 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3345 times:

After the PIA-Turkish Airlines MoU debacle I doubt any Gulf carrier will ever think of PIA as an investment.

User currently offlineVS11 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3085 times:

Quoting 777way (Reply 11):
After the PIA-Turkish Airlines MoU debacle I doubt any Gulf carrier will ever think of PIA as an investment.

Speaking of Turkish Airlines, it just occurred to me that QR may consider buying them. The Turkish Government is about to sell its stake in the airline anyway. Both airlines seem to be going after the same strategy though.


User currently offlinehma350 From Seychelles, joined Dec 2010, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3009 times:

Maybe HM as we are in some financial difficulty at the moment and has a strategic location in the Indian Ocean. We are not big but have potential. Rumours have it the airport has already been acquired by QR.

User currently offlineop3000 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1813 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2994 times:

Quoting yowza (Reply 10):
Labour laws in Europe would crush the ego of any CEO who would dare push their limits so this a non-issue.

Mostly Western Europe though. I would not be surprised if they make a run for an Eastern European carrier (like MA or LO) at some point.


User currently onlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 4433 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2971 times:

Some have speculated that SAS could be an option. Persoanlly I find that hard to beleve...

User currently offlineconnector4you From Canada, joined May 2001, 938 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2590 times:

Quoting op3000 (Reply 14):
I would not be surprised if they make a run for an Eastern European carrier (like MA or LO) at some point.

Agree. Add Tarom Romanian to the list
http://investing.businessweek.com/re...te/snapshot.asp?privcapId=26427792


User currently offlineNYCAdvantage From United States of America, joined Sep 2009, 373 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2408 times:

Quoting STT757 (Reply 6):
SQ's shares in VS seem like the likely acquisition target.

They could very well be, but my question is, Who SRB would like better for a partner, because days before this comment from Qatar airways, AF/KL made one similar, no mater who, consolidation is the name of the game from here on.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...us-airfrance-idUSTRE7217IL20110302


User currently offlineop3000 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1813 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2091 times:

Quoting STT757 (Reply 6):

SQ's shares in VS seem like the likely acquisition target.
Quoting NYCAdvantage (Reply 17):
They could very well be, but my question is, Who SRB would like better for a partner, because days before this comment from Qatar airways, AF/KL made one similar, no mater who, consolidation is the name of the game from here on.

Having QR as a partner probably wouldn't help any more than having SQ. VS would benefit more from a European partner with a continental network to feed from/to. Plus, you can't create a more odd couple between Al-Baker and SRB.


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