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MAY 06, 2013 - Boston Herald

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Qatar Airways plans Philadelphia expansion

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The head of fast-growing Qatar Airways says it plans to add Philadelphia to its routes next year as part of alliances with American Airlines and other U.S.-based carriers.Qatar Airways is locked in fierce competition with rival Gulf carriers Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi and Dubai-based Emirates. All three are aggressively seeking new markets, including the U.S.Qatar Airways' CEO Akbar al-Baker told reporters Monday that service would begin in March to Philadelphia, the carrier's fifth American nonstop destination.

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