Could you imagine the fleet if the USAF had an airline?
In my experience, it would be on a loud, uncomfortable aircraft in an operation that pinched every penny. Imagine the cabin crew coming out to ask for volunteers to unload the bulk holds. Dang, now I'll have to delete this post to keep FR from getting ideas...
Delta is sniffing the DOD traffic to Al Udeid and other regional bases.
Currently much of that is by charter. And DoD traffic won't go through DOH - they'd land straight into IUD.
Blatantly Incorrect on both counts.
Pinch every penny?
You couldn't possibly be more wrong.
Well, that was my observation when I flew on such flights during my time in the AF. Spend much time in the AF, or take the rotator NGU-IUD?
If you are an outsider to the USAF, then it would appear that they don't pinch pennies because of how expensive the aircraft are. When you actually work in the squadron and deal with budgets year in year out, you find out that the operation is financially thin and tightly managed. That means a lot of fluff goes away. Any flight I did in the USAF involved a lot of my own work.
And DoD traffic would avoid flying commercial into DOH and bussing into IUD - nobody involved wants a bunch of US uniforms in the terminals. Not the US gov, not the Qataris, nobody.