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Delta CEO’s 9/11 Comment on Open Skies Riles Gulf Carrier Chiefs

Delta Air Lines Inc. triggered a backlash from Persian Gulf carriers after Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson cited the Sept. 11 terrorists as part of his argument in a commercial dispute.

“I’m a little bit concerned that Mr. Anderson crossed the line in some of the statements he made with regard to what went on with regard to 9/11,” President Tim Clark of Dubai-based Emirates Airline told CNN on Wednesday. “And I know that has caused great offense in this part of the world, and I’m sure will be dealt with at the governmental and state level.”