New international flights coming to Atlanta

Recently, two interesting new international flights for Atlanta have been announced. As you might expect, one involves Delta Air Lines. The other involves a SkyTeam partner that would generally be similarly unsurprising. What was unexpected was the destination and aircraft for that flight.

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Qatar launches service to Atlanta amid drama

Qatar Airways launched its Doha-Atlanta service with an A380 superjumbo. While the airliner was greeted with the usual inaugural flight festivities, there was drama surrounding the arrival. Delta Air Lines, which it has been feuding with Qatar, controls the only gate that can handle an A380 and was not able to make it available to Qatar. The solution? Unloading the world's largest airliner with airstairs. Welcome back to 1963.

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Delta picking up its toys and going home - WAAH!

Delta was upset that the Atlanta institution, the Fox Theatre, which the airline has sponsored for over 20 years, hosted a gala by Qatar Airways that celebrated the launch of Qatar's Doha-Atlanta route.  Delta took affront at this and decided to cancel its sponsorship of the theater, effective next year. I find this utterly childish and petty.

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Delta, Emirates in a war of words over ATL-Dubai route

Last week Delta Air Lines announced that it would cease its Atlanta-Dubai service in February 2016. Since that announcement, Emirates and Delta have engaged in a war of words over the motivations behind the Atlanta-based carrier's move.

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Delta cuts Atlanta-Dubai route but publication questions the stated reasons

Delta Air Lines will cease operating its Atlanta-Dubai route in February 2016 citing unfair competition from Middle East carriers Emirates, Etihad and Qatar. However, Air Transport World suggests Delta is playing politics with an operational decision. Does Delta have a point?

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