Subscribe Free
in Air Transport

VIDEO: Delta Airlines apologises for Gulf airlines terrorism link slur

Posted 19 February 2015 · Add Comment

Delta Airlines has issued an apology after its CEO, Richard Anderson, appeared to link Gulf-based air carriers with the 9/11 terrorist attacks in a CNN interview.

In an interview on CNN’s Quest Means Business on Monday, Anderson said “It's a great irony to have the United Arab Emirates from the Arabian Peninsula talk about that, given the fact that our industry was really shocked by the terrorism of 9/11, which came from terrorists from the Arabian Peninsula…”

US carriers claim that the "Gulf Three" carriers, Etihad, Qatar, and Emirates, are receiving billions of dollars in subsidies. The Gulf airlines reject those claims, and retort that U.S.-based carriers themselves benefited from government help in the aftermath of 9/11.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker reacted angrily to Anderson’s comments, telling CNN’s Quest: “Well, I think he should be ashamed to bring the issue of terrorism to try to cover his inefficiency in running an airline.”

Al Baker also strongly refuted suggestions that female flight attendants on Qatar Airways are required to ask permission to get married and to get pregnant, calling the claims “bullshit".

Delta issued an apology for Anderson's remarks.

In the statement the airline said: “Richard was reacting to claims the Gulf carriers have been making that US airlines received subsidies in the form of payments from the US government after the 9/11 attacks and the bankruptcy proceedings that resulted. He didn’t mean to suggest the Gulf carriers or their governments are linked to the 9/11 terrorists. We apologise if anyone was offended."

The apologydid not appease the anger at Dubai-based carrier Emirates.

"We believe that the statements made this week by Mr Anderson were deliberately crafted and delivered for specific effect," the airline said. "This brings into question his credibility as a CEO of a US public listed company, as well as the integrity of the submission which his airline has submitted to the US authorities."

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Leonardo and International Golden Group partner for cyber security in the Middle East

Leonardo and Abu Dhabi-based IGG (International Golden Group PJSC) have signed a strategic collaboration agreement to supply cyber security capabilities in the UAE.

AJW Technique shortlisted for five categories at the 2017 Top Shop Awards

AJW Technique, the maintenance hub for the AJW Group's component repair and overhaul service, has been selected as a finalist for five categories at the 145.com 2017 Top Shop Awards.

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim receives CAR145 approval extension from GCAA

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) has received an extension to its CAR145 approval from the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to provide line maintenance for the Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft type.

Emirates adds Phnom Penh to its network

Phnom Penh in Cambodia will be the latest destination Emirates will serve from July 1 this year, with a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a two-class configuration.

Riyadh Travel Fair 2017 set to be Saudi Arabia's largest Travel and Tourism Event on record

Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF) 2017, Saudi Arabia's leading travel industry event, will open its doors for the ninth consecutive year, with the 2017 edition to be located at the Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh from 7th – 10th April 2017.

IATA expands partnership with ENAC

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), in cooperation with the École nationale de l'aviation civile (ÉNAC), announced the expansion of their aviation training and education partnership to include aviation research

TAA SK 12MTHS16
See us at
IDEX BT180123022017Aviation Africa 2017 BT 23F17Kuwait APADS BT1602270317