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Doha, QATAR – Award-winning Qatar Airways and popular Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) finalised a strategic codeshare agreement this weekend in Tokyo.Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker of Qatar Airways, and Mineo Yamamoto President and Chief Executive Officer of ANA, signed the codeshare agreement during a brief ceremony.Al Baker met up with his counterpart in ANA in Tokyo on the occasion of the official gala dinner held to celebrate the launch of Qatar Airways’ 60th destination, Osaka in Japan, which was inaugurated on March 31st, 2005
Both parties expressed their delight in the new strategic codeshare partnership, which will see joint flight codes on the trunk route between Doha and Osaka and beyond to Tokyo Haneda Airport, Fukuoka and Sapporo.“We are very pleased to have launched our newest service to Osaka in Japan, and are excited about our partnership with ANA. This partnership will extend both our route networks, and will ensure a streamlined service for ANA and Qatar Airways passengers travelling between the codeshare airports, Al Baker said.“Our partnership with ANA links not just two key markets, but offers the Japanese travelling public convenient connections to many exotic destinations via Doha to the Middle East, Levant, Seychelles, Maldives and Cape Town.”Also, being able to connect to other airports within Japan on ANA, will smooth travel arrangements for travellers to Japan, be it business or leisure travel. With the codeshare arrangement in place, passengers will get just one ticket and code for each leg of the trip, reducing unnecessary paperwork and worry.”
ANA will place its two letter code NH on all Qatar Airways operated flights on the route between Doha and Osaka, and Qatar Airways will have its code QR on the domestic flights between Osaka Kansai and Tokyo Haneda, Fukuoka and Sapporo.As part of the celebrations of the new launch and codeshare agreement, Qatar Airways is offering members of its Privilege Club frequent flyer programme with double miles for the first full month of the new service.Privilege Club members travelling on domestic or international services of ANA are able to accrue Qmiles for later redemption on flights on the Qatar Airways network and partner airlines
Doha-based Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline is a launch customer of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2010. Qatar Airways moves to the New Doha International Airport in 2010, when the first phase of the new facility opens. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com
Qatar Airways is one of only six airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the fifth year running in 2007 following a survey of more than 15 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com
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