Leave if you're not happy, CEO Qantas Airways, Alan Joyce, has responded to Qatar Airways's renewal threats to give the best of a global airline agreement to a brewing dispute over the Gulf Carrier's expansion plans.
Australian head of airline said Post earlier this week "no-one should be in a league where they believe they do not work". The two companies are part of Oneworld, grouping some of the world's leading airlines, including Cathay Pacific Airways Hong Kong.
Qatar Airways's Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, has threatened for years to withdraw from the pact. The warning revived last month, reiterated his comments on Tuesday, stating a Qantas allegedly letter to his staff attacking the airline's Gulf & Australian airline campaign.
Al Baker, who has defended the expansion as made by the Australian government's invitation, said that "does not see any point" is staying in the league.
In his first public comments since the headlines made, Joyce said: "We think we have been very simple, after a fair competition."
He said that this was what Qantas wanted from the bilateral negotiations of the Australian government with other countries on flight, adding: "No-one could say that there was anything on that."
In compiling what he edited by "fair competition", Joyce said that the general thinking was that companies were economically independent and were not cross-subsidized by government.
"If airlines were governed by the World Trade Organization, some cases would confront people want to go well below the cost to force people away with paths and markets. We believe that & # 39 ; Those rules apply to flight markets, "he added.
Qatar Airways re-installs a threat to leave the Oneworld League over Qantas injection
Unworld, with 13 core members, is one of the three major global companies processes. The others are Star Alliance, whose main members include Singapore Airlines, and Skyteam, which counts Delta Air Lines among its leading carriers.
The customers of a member's airline share benefits and benefits across the wider group, including air miles for flights and access to facilities such as airport lounges.
Qatar Airways's major passenger draw is its low prices for long destinations, especially in business class, often as low as US $ 1,000 for a return ticket between Europe and Australia.
However Q Q Chief Executive said that the company's customers would not lose out as a result of the dispute, as his agreement with Emirates – a Qatar-Qatar competition – along with Air France and KLM would allow him to replace any destinations lost only served by the Doha-based carrier.
"We have many other mechanisms, which is the way our network has planned," said Joyce. "People have a lot of choice on the Qantas codes network to reach the same European points that they had been using Qatar."
Regarding the threat to give Unworld the best, he said: "If they decide to leave, they are because they are no longer working for them. No-one should be in a league where they are believe that it does not work for them. If Qatar feels they're doing better outside Oneworld, that's synonymous with them. "
Qantas does not stop Sydney-London flight from threatening to Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong
Oneworld said he was eager to see his members resolving their differences quickly.
"As any family, there are times when our members have differences on specific issues. We hope that they can be resolved quickly so that every party can focus fully on what is important to us all – by provide a great customer service, "said spokesman.
Willie Walsh, CEO of British Airways International International International Group (IAG), told the London financial community two weeks ago, it was "very likely" Qatar Airways would leave, in the first independent comments that validated the exit notices.
Al Baker's comments were "a real threat", but such a move would not affect BA's business relations with Qatar Airways, said Walsh, as both companies had discussed the implications of leaving each other's business.
Qatar owns a 20 percent share in IAG and has a 10 percent share in the British American bottle-carrier, Cathay Pacific and LatAm. His test in foreign carriers was the evidence of Qatar "he does not have to be in a league," Al Baker told the audience at the International Air Transport Association's conference in Spain on Tuesday.
"I do not see any point that we continue to be part of Oneworld when other partners see us as a threat," said the CEO at the event, according to the Bloomberg report.
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