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QATAR AIRWAYS REINFORCES ITS COMMITMENT TO JAPAN WITH ADDITIONAL DOMESTIC CODE SHARE AGREEMENTS

Airline now serves three destinations in Japan from its hub in Doha

Extended code share with oneworld alliance partner Japan Airlines allows passengers seamless onward connections to five new domestic routes in Japan

24 Jun 2014

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways is expanding its connectivity into Japan, following its new route launch to Tokyo Haneda International Airport last week, with the announcement that from July 12 it will partner with its fellow oneworld alliance member, Japan Airlines, to an additional five code share domestic routes.

Just last week, Qatar Airways commenced flights to its third route into Japan, alongside Osaka and Tokyo Narita International Airport, when it launched the new route to Tokyo Haneda International Airport with a daily service operating a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Qatar Airways, which already partners with Japan Airlines on a code share on all three of its international routes into Japan from Doha, Qatar, and six domestic routes, will now be able to offer all of its passengers onward connections to a total of eleven domestic cities in Japan, all through one QR airline booking code. 

Explore Japan: A rich array of visitor attractions and vistas await those willing to travel further outside of Japan’s major cities.

Explore Japan: A rich array of visitor attractions and vistas await those willing to travel further outside of Japan’s major cities.

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Explore Japan: Wild Japanese Macaques, commonly known as snow monkeys, bathe in the hot springs of Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park, where each winter their presence attracts visitors from all over the world.

The additional Haneda code share routes are; Osaka - Haneda (ITM-HND), New Chitose – Haneda (CTS-HND), Fukuoka – Haneda (FUK-HND), Okinawa – Haneda (OKA-HND) and Nagoya – Haneda (NGO-HND).

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Alliances and code shares alike are playing an increasingly important role in the airline industry today – and that will continue long into the future. Becoming a member of oneworld last October was one of the most significant landmarks in Qatar Airways’ history. It has strengthened our competitive offering and the advent of these new code share routes with Japan Airlines will expand travel options even further within our global alliance network.”

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner which serves Tokyo Haneda International Airport has a two-cabin configuration, comprising of 22 seats in Business Class and 232 Economy Class seats with a high standard of comfort on board, including individual 10.5-inch television screens for all Economy Class seats and a full complimentary food and beverage service.

The Dreamliner has steadily gained popularity with passengers as it has been introduced to various destinations throughout the airlines’ network. With the commencement of flights to Tokyo Haneda, the number of flights to Japan rises from 14 to 21 frequencies each week. Tokyo has long been a popular destination for passengers from the Americas, the Middle East and Europe.

Qatar Airways, the State of Qatar’s national airline, has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operation, to the point where today it is flying a modern fleet of 134 aircraft to 143 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

Over the next few months, the network will grow further with new routes to Dallas/Fort Worth, USA (July 1, 2014) and Djibouti (July 27, 2014).

For images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qatarairways/sets/72157645363206043/

Notes to Editors:

On October 30, 2013, Qatar Airways joined the oneworld Alliance, becoming the first Gulf carrier to join a global airline alliance, enabling its customers to benefit from almost 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Award-winning carrier Qatar Airways was presented with three honours at the annual Skytrax 2013 World Airline Awards held during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France, last June. The airline was awarded World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Lounge and, for the second consecutive year, Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East.

During the 2013 Dubai Air Show the airline placed orders for more than 60 new aircraft – a mixture of Boeing 777X and Airbus A330 Freighters. In total the airline has 300 aircraft on order worth more than US $50 billion. For more information, visit our homepage www.qatarairways.com or our sites on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and YouTube.

For Qatar Airways corporate images, please click here: http://www.qatarairways.com/corporateimages

For further information contact:

Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 40222072, Fax: +974 40225350
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa
Website: www.qatarairways.com