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Qatar Airways to Launch Flights to Seattle from 15 March 2021, Marking Second New U.S. Destination Announced This Year – Qatar Press Release
File this under “least shocking news of the year.” With Alaska officially joining oneworld and bulking up its relationship with American, it was only a matter of time before Qatar stepped up to the plate. The big question now is… how long before the Alaska/Emirates partnership crumbles?
Two for the road
BOC AVIATION INCREASES REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY WITH BANK OF CHINA TO US$3.5 BILLION AND EXTENDS MATURITY TO 2026 – BOC Aviation Press Release
BOC may be based in Singapore, but its largest shareholder is the Bank of China. China has plenty of money, and BOC has been very active in the leasing world lately. It has more than 500 airplanes, some placed in the US with Alaska, Frontier, Southwest, and Spirit. Southwest did a deal for 10 airplanes in May of this year. It’s funny (or maybe not so funny) to think that airlines can’t be foreign-owned in the name of the country’s defense… but the airplanes can be.
France’s HOP! to become all Embraer operator – ch-aviation
It’s about time. Why HOP! with its obnoxious capitalization and punctuation was operating as a separate brand is completely unclear. It will now become a normal regional carrier that’s smaller than it is today.