Arab Air Carriers Organization Secretary General Abdul Wahab Teffaha yesterday directly challenged the Association of European Airlines Secretary General Ulrich Schulte-Strathaus’s assertion made earlier this year that Emirates Airline, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways represent a new kind of competitive threat that is incompatible with the existing world aviation order. Speaking at an IAC luncheon yesterday, Teffaha countered that there “is nothing strange” about the way Arab airlines have grown and developed. our competitiveness does not stem from government subsidies. Our competitiveness starts with what technology and geography have let us do: Provide one-stop service to destinations around the world.”

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