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January 11, 2016

As we welcome in a new year, I thought I would give a personalized recap on some of the most significant moments in the global air transport industry through 2015; and give a few thoughts on what to watch for in 2016.

* What Happened?

Gulf Wars III. For commercial aviation journalists, this was the gift that kept on giving through 2015. As the three major USA carriers, American (AAL), Delta (DAL) and United (UAL), ramped up their campaign to put a cap on the growth of the three major Gulf carriers, Emirates (EAD), Etihad (EHD) and Qatar Airways (QTA), the public exchanges became more heated, nasty and personal. As each accused the other of billions of dollars of disallowed subsidies within the USA – UAE and USA – Qatar “Open Skies” frameworks, all spent millions on legal assistance, public relations support and campaign ads. The topic overwhelmed the (IATA) (AGM) in Miami, even though the (CEO)s of (DAL) and (UAL) scarpered, before the annual meeting proper, even began. And despite (IATA) (DG) & (CEO), Tony Tyler