Following a U.S. government decision to award a government contract for travel between Washington, D.C. (IAD) and Dubai (DXB) to a foreign airline, United Airlines will drop service between the two areas early next year.
The General Services Administration awarded a government contract to subsidize flights for approximately 15,000 government employees, including military personnel, to rival JetBlue and its codeshare partner Emirates, which will operate the U.A.E. flights.
United Airlines announced the decision to end flights as of January 2016 is based on its inability to compete with “the entry of subsidized carriers such as Emirates and Etihad Airways.”
“As they’ve added subsidized capacity, our Washington–Dubai route has become less profitable,” according to the company.
United, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines have alleged Emirates as well as Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways received subsidies from their governments enabling them to buy more aircraft and decrease fare prices. The three Gulf carriers denied the allegations.
A month after United Airlines drops flights in January, Delta Air Lines plans to end all flights between Atlanta (ATL) and Dubai due to overcapacity on routes to the area as a result of the expansion of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar, now serving 12 U.S. cities with approximately 200 flights per week.
The GSA gave the contract for 2016 to JetBlue in August. As JetBlue does not fly to the United Arab Emirates, codeshare partner Emirates will operate the route.
The Obama administration is considering whether to begin discussions with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar regarding the subsidy allegations on behalf of the U.S. airlines’ requests, according to Fortune.
What is your opinion of this ongoing feud? Do you agree with the accusations against the Gulf carriers? Why or why not? Email us. Please include your full name and location with your email.
Deep Dive Dubai, home of the deepest swimming pool for diving in the world, opened in Dubai, in the Nad Al Sheba neighborhood. Guinness World Records verified the pool as the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving at a depth of 60.02 meters, or almost 197 feet, holding 14 million liters of water, equivalent to six Olympic-sized swimming pools.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Family gatherings are extra special this year and we chose to celebrate a milestone birthday in New Orleans. The JW Marriott New Orleans, across the street from the historic French Quarter, is ideally situated for exploring the city. Streetcars roll in front of the property and are especially fun for first-time visitors. Within a ¾-mile radius, we could walk to the National WWII Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Sazerac House, Harrah’s Casino, the Shops of Canal Place and numerous restaurants.
For the third year in a row, Regent Seven Seas Cruises broke the company’s world cruise opening day booking record. The 2024 World Cruise sold out around 11 a.m. on July 14, after going on sale that morning at 8:30 a.m. Fares started at $73,499 per guest for a deluxe veranda suite, up to $199,999 per guest for a master suite.
As more travelers return to the skies, American is here every step of the way to ensure an elevated and seamless journey. Experience flying freedom with AirPass, American’s all-inclusive, pre-paid travel membership program.
Aqua-Aston Hospitality, with hotels in Hawai’i, Florida and Costa Rica, introduced an intelligent text messaging platform at its hotels and resorts, streamlining real-time communication with guests. Since the mobile technology has been implemented, the platform has been successfully used to answer guest questions, manage check-in, deliver amenities, quickly communicate updates on services, send alerts and enable contact-less check-out.
After more than a year of staying home and social distancing, Americans are ready to experience live entertainment again. According to Allianz Partners USA’s Vacation Confidence Index survey, 55 percent of Americans plan on attending at least one ticketed event before the end of 2021, with 16 percent planning to attend three or more events.
You probably didn’t know you needed to visit the Dominican Republic until you learned about the new, beautiful, modern, all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana.
Mondrian, a leading brand within the Accor group, announced its expansion into Europe with the opening of Mondrian Shoreditch London. The hotel, owned by the Reuben Brothers, will open its doors Aug. 2, following a major overhaul and complete redesign by the award-winning London interior design studio Goddard Littlefair.