Delta Apologizes for CEO’s 9/11 Remarks About Gulf Carriers
In an interview with CNN discussing how Gulf carriers are benefiting from their governments’ financial support, CEO Richard Anderson connected those carriers and the tragic events of 9/11.
“It’s a great irony to have the UAE from the Arabian Peninsula talk about that, given the fact that our industry was really shocked by the terrorism of 9/11, which came from terrorists from the Arabian Peninsula.”
“Richard was reacting to claims the gulf carriers have been making that U.S. airlines received subsidies in the form of payments from the U.S. government after 9/11 and the bankruptcy proceedings that resulted,” said Delta in its apology. “He didn’t mean to suggest the gulf carriers or their governments are linked to the 9/11 terrorists. We apologize if anyone was offended.”
Emirates Airline CEO Tim Clark told CNN that Anderson’s comments were “unfortunate” and “crossed the line.”
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