Qatar Airways and British Airways’ parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), have signed a joint business agreement, which will benefit customers by offering a wider choice of flights, an enhanced network, greater choice of fares and more benefits for the members of their frequent flyer programmes, it was announced in a Qatar Airways press release.
The agreement, which will come into effect from October 30, 2016, will allow the two carriers to provide passengers with better links and an even more seamless travel experience between the UK, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. It will facilitate the code sharing between them (two airlines) on all non-stop flights between the UK and Doha and will offer customers a combined route network that serves more than 70 destinations. Between the two airlines’ hubs of London and Doha, there will be seven daily non-stop flights in both directions.
Commenting on the agreement, the Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr Akbar Al Baker, said, “British Airways is an airline steeped in history and prestige and we are proud to be partnering with them to offer our passengers an even greater choice of global destinations. This partnership brings together two world-class airlines to provide an enhanced operation for our passengers with increased daily flights between London and Doha, greater choice of flight schedules, wider range of fares and improved members’ benefits.
“This agreement reinforces our already established relationship with IAG and we look forward to welcoming British Airways’ direct flights to our hub, Hamad International Airport, where we can provide passengers with seamless access to our global network of more than 150 destinations.”
Qatar Airways’ A380 currently serves the Doha and London Heathrow route. Civil aviation authorities have been informed of plans to operate single timetables and set common fares.
The IAG Chief Executive, Mr Willie Walsh, said, “We are delighted to announce this joint business with Qatar Airways which is one of the world’s premier airlines. This agreement will benefit customers by giving them access to more destinations through Qatar Airways’ extensive network. It will also allow us to provide easier journeys with better-aligned schedules, more frequencies and improved flight transfers. This partnership follows the commercial agreement with IAG Cargo signed two years ago and enhances our relationship with Qatar Airways further.”
This agreement will also strengthen the ‘One-world’ alliance and enable it to compete more effectively on the included routes creating greater competition and increased options for consumers.
Qatar Airways is a member of the ‘One-world’ global alliance. Skytrax named the award-winning alliance the World’s Best Airline Alliance in 2015 for the third consecutive year. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join the ‘One-world’ alliance, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 19th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 190 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.
International Airlines Group is one of the world’s largest airline groups with 541 aircraft flying to 274 destinations and carrying almost 95 million passengers every year. It is the third largest group in Europe and the sixth largest in the world, based on revenue.
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