Sheikh Hamad Ali Al-Thani, the former chief executive of Qatar Airways, claims that his departure from the airline followed moves by the board to co-operate rather than compete with Gulf Air, for which the chairman is Qatari general sales agent. Contrary to our report (Flight International, 10-17 December, 1996, P10), Hamad was in favour of competition and describes the chairman's Gulf Air relationship as a "conflict of interest". He claims that the Gulf Air business brings in $10 million annually in commissions.

Source: Flight International