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ABU DHABI: November 02, 2017. Following American Airlines' decision to end code share agreements with Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways next year, Etihad is to suspend its Abu Dhabi – Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) route from March 25, 2018.

Etihad began flying three times a week to DFW in December 2014 and went to a daily service in February this year – carrying over 235,000 passengers since its launch with "almost half" connecting on U.S. codeshare flights operated by American Airlines.

Emirates and Airbus  CEOsIn July American announced the termination of the agreement citing opposition to what it and Delta Air Lines describe as "illegal subsidies that Emirates Airline, Etihad and Qatar Airways receive from their governments".

Peter Carter, Delta's EVP and Chief Legal Officer added this week: "We must enforce our Open Skies agreements with the UAE and Qatar and put a stop to the billions of dollars they receive in massive government subsidies."

Etihad CEO Peter Baumgartner responded saying: "The unfortunate decision by American Airlines to terminate a commercial relationship that benefited both carriers has left Etihad with no choice but to suspend flights between our Abu Dhabi home and Dallas/Fort Worth."

Baumgartner noted the airline could make further changes to its U.S. services as it determines the full impact of the codeshare cancellation. At the moment it operates 42 non-stop flights a week to Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York and Washington plus a twice-weekly B777F freighter services to Rickenbacker airport in Columbus, Ohio.

Citing research by Oxford Economics, Etihad said it contributed US$3.8 billion to the U.S. economy last year and supported more than 30,000 American jobs.

Pictured left to right: Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Airline chairman and CEO and Airbus CEO Tom Enders. Emirates took delivery of its 100th A380 this week and Airbus estimates the airline's order for 142 aircraft contributed €3.4 billion to Europe-wide GDP in 2013/14 alone.

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