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American Airlines Calls Grandmother Remark by Qatar Airways CEO 'Incredibly Offensive'

This story has been updated with comments from American Airlines and the Air Line Pilots Association.

Although he said he wants to forge a relationship with American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL) , Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al-Baker isn't exactly mounting a charm offensive.

Rather, in recent weeks, Al-Baker has unleashed a series of insults, calling American CEO Doug Parker "frightened," referring to flight attendants at U.S. airlines as "grandmothers," and labeling U.S. airlines "crap."

Speaking this week in Dublin at a celebration of the launch of Doha-Dublin service, Al-Baker referred to the "excellent service from our international cabin crew," adding, "by the way, the average age of my cabin crew is only 26 years."

By contrast, he said, "You know you are being served by grandmothers on American airlines."

Al-Baker also said, "There is no need to travel on those crap American carriers."

A video of a portion of Al-Baker's speech was posted on YouTube...


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