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American Stake Still a Goal for Qatar Air After Codeshare Ends

  • Disappointed with American for scrapping codeshare: Al Baker
  • Qatar Air CEO says decision not in the spirit of Oneworld pact
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Qatar Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the Gulf carrier is determined to purchase a stake in American Airlines Group Inc. as planned, undeterred by its alliance partner’s decision to scrap a marketing deal amid an escalating feud.

The Middle-Eastern airline refiled its stock purchase to clarify queries from U.S. regulators and will forge ahead with its proposal, Al Baker told reporters in Doha Thursday. Signaling its displeasure with the investment plans, the U.S. carrier ended the codeshare agreement with Qatar Air, in a decision communicated through private notification on June 29.