Qatar Airways dismisses talk of deal with BA
DOHA, Qatar (AP) - The head of Qatar Airways has shot down suggestions that the fast-growing Gulf carrier is pursuing an alliance with British Airways' parent company.
CEO Akbar al-Baker told reporters in Doha on Monday that suggestions of a deal are nothing more than "press rumours." He says no talks are ongoing with any carrier about a partnership for now.
BA's longtime ally Qantas this month said it plans to end its alliance with the British carrier after Qantas signed a 10-year partnership deal with Gulf carrier Emirates.
The Financial Times earlier this month reported that BA parent International Airlines Group had held talks with carriers including Qatar about an alliance focused on Asia, where Qantas has a substantial presence.