Jul 13, 2017

Qatar Airways CEO sorry for calling US air hostesses 'grandmothers'

The chief executive of Qatar Airways has apologised for comments he made about flight attendants that were condemned as both sexist and ageist. "On Monday, after a video of Mr Al Baker's speech was posted online, Ms Nelson accused him of confirming"what AFA has said all along: Qatar Airways thrives on misogyny and discrimination. The controversy comes amid a row between US carriers and Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Emirates Airlineā€Ž over alleged state support for them. On Wednesday, American Airlines announced that it was cancelling a code-share agreement with Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways as "An extension of our stance against the illegal subsidies". Qatar Airways already owns a 20% stake in the owner of British Airways, International Airlines Group, and 10% of South America's LATAM Airlines.

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