Qatar Airways is rated the No. 1 carrier worldwide.
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Qatar Airways said it may seek to form a breakaway group within the Oneworld alliance should fellow member American Airlines continue to lend its weight to a U.S. push to curb the growth of Gulf rivals.American Air, Delta Air Lines Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc. all say Qatar, Etihad Airways and Emirates of Dubai have benefited from $42 billion in illegal aid and want air treaties revised.Baker, who maintains that Qatar Air has received no questionable state support, said in Los Angeles that U.S. carriers have themselves benefited from a "legal subsidy" in the form of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, while Air France-KLM Group, another opponent, remains partially state owned and Deutsche Lufthansa has had government money in the past.A schism could become a major issue for the biggest U.S. carrier should it come involve British Airways, in which Qatar Air has a 10 percent stake via the U.K. company's parent group IAG.
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