usflyer msp wrote:
The downside of QR is the blockade and having no access to KSA, Egypt, Bahrain, etc...significant regional economies.
KSA market is a lost cause for ME3, Saudia is ramping up its fleet and network, KSA is opening up the country for tourism and KSA has lot more influence on other countries in obtaining BASAs.
QR eats (ultra) long-haul losses and still gives a decent pass-thru to AA for last-mile connectivity.
US3-ME3 relationship used to like that before EK dumped US3 for B6, and triggered the battle. Even during the peak of US3-ME3 fight AA used to feed EY, but EY is down to 4 destinations. Now we came back full circle.
Do you want to start a new route PHL-DOH and sell RT for $599 or get $300 pass-thru on existing IND-PHL? The answer is very simple.
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