Report: American Airlines Cut Philly-to-Israel Route to Boost Ties to Arab Airlines

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When American Airlines announced that it was eliminating direct flights from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv, the company blamed the economics. In fact, American Airlines claims to have lost $20 million on the route in just the past year.

But the Israeli newspaper Haaretz is reporting that American Airlines actually stopped the service to boost its ties with Arab airlines through its Oneworld alliance — which includes Arab carriers like Royal Jordanian and Qatar Airways. Read more »

Qatar Airways Debuting Largest Jet Yet in Philly

Qatar Airways’ A350 XWB will make its Philly debut on Jan. 1, 2016.

Qatar Airways’ A350 XWB will make its Philly debut on Jan. 1, 2016.

The Airbus A350 XWB is an impressive piece of machinery. It’s got the lowest twin engine noise level of any aircraft, wide seats and aisles, and 80-inch fully flat horizontal beds. Being able to lay down during a 13-hour flight? Yes please.

Now, Qatar Airways has announced that the aircraft will make its U.S. debut at the Philadelphia International Airport on January 1, 2016. Read more »

Qatar Airways Philadelphia Launch Gala

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Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, hosted a glamorous gala last night at the Ritz-Carlton to celebrate the launch of new, non-stop service from Philadelphia International Airport to Doha, connecting the Philadelphia region to Qatar Airways’ network of more than 130 destinations worldwide.

The evening began with a cocktail hour in 10 Arts, where white-gloved servers passed around delicious hors d’oeuvre and cocktails to the guests before a cirque du soleil performance. Artists entertained the crowd then led the nearly 300 guests to the ballroom below for dinner, music and the program, which ended with a surprise performance by Philly’s own Boyz II Men.

More of HughE Dillon’s photos from the Qatar Airlines Philadelphia launch party after the jump »