Sky is the limit ??

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Akbar Al Baker ,  Chief Executive Officer  Qatar Airways not known for mincing words  , lambasted Delta  Air Lines for supposedly trying to ruin  Qatar Airline’s maiden flight into Atlanta  , the world’s busiest airport

 Qatar's Airbus A380 super-jumbo jet landed in Atlanta recently marking Qatar’s foray in yet another US destination .

 Atlanta , which is also a hub of Delta airlines   , wasn't ready to welcome the A380 or so it seems. There was no gate assigned  to the  plane when it  touched base at the Hartsfield  airport causing immense discomfort to the  passengers who had to resort to taking shuttle buses .The parking bay meant for A380 was allotted to a much smaller A320 when the Doha flight arrived.

However , Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport said the carrier neglected to give sufficient notification about bringing in the A380 instead of the  B777 that they were expecting. The airport’s rules require 60 days notice whenever an airline plans to use an A380. Due to the sheer size of the aircraft, time needed to service and short advance notice the airport was given, aircraft operations would have been significantly disrupted and would have displaced four or five other aircraft in the process

The big three in US namely Delta , United and American have been up in arms against the middle eastern carriers over the open skies policy and the fact that the middle eastern carriers have a government subsidy which takes care of all their  expenses allowing them to spread their wings without any financial constraints.

This is not the first time that Al Baker has locked horns with Delta though

Qatar celebrated the Launch of their Atlanta flight by organizing  a performance by  Jennifer Lopez in Atlanta’s historic Fox Theatre – a venue sponsored in part by Delta. The US airline said this week that it would end its 20-year support for the theater because of the event

Who said sky is the limit !!

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