How Qatar Airways Dethroned Emirates as Biggest Long-Haul Airline During COVID-19

After years in the shadow of Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways Ltd went on an aggressive run at its rival that helped it eclipse Emirates as the world’s biggest long-haul carrier. Doha-based Qatar is flying planes that are often near-empty on routes around the globe to increase market share. It is using a downsizing at Emirates to hire staff. And while other airlines have reduced services to markets closed by Covid-19, state-backed Qatar is pursuing new landing rights to emerge stronger post pandemic. Whether Qatar remains the world’s biggest long-haul carrier by capacity partly depends on how quickly other airlines restore schedules, and if it has built up enough goodwill with customers to start filling flights as the world resumes travel.


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