I don’t usually bother talking about route expansion, but Qatar Airways’ announcement that it will fly to New York is significant. Middle Eastern airlines have grown rapidly and profitably, in a way we haven’t seen anywhere else in the world. Etihad, Emirates and now Qatar Airways have nonstops to New York (Emirates has 2 nonstops a day), connecting the Arab world to the US in a way that can only help relations between the two regions. Plus, nonstop flights mean people are not flying on European airlines to these destinations – a huge change (not in a good way, obviously) for incumbent airlines in Europe. 3 years from now, Etihad, Emirates and Qatar will be as well known as Air France, British Airways and Lufthansa — and probably more profitable.