Doha, QATAR – Award-winning Qatar Airways, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, and ANA (All Nippon Airways) of Japan, have implemented a partnership linking their respective loyalty schemes.
Under the agreement, members of Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club and ANA Mileage Club can accrue and redeem mileage on each other’s global networks.
The partnership comes ahead of Qatar Airways’ first foray into the Japanese market when it launches non-stop scheduled flights between Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, and Osaka on March 31, 2005.
The Osaka service will be Qatar Airways’ first route launch of the summer 2005 season and its 11th destination in the Far East.
Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club members travelling on domestic or international ANA services will be able to accrue Qmiles for later redemption on flights on the Qatar Airways network and partner airlines.
All Privilege Club members – whether they hold Gold, Silver or Burgundy status – have the opportunity to secure cabin upgrades on Qatar Airways flights with their accrued Qmiles.
ANA Mileage Club members travelling to Qatar and beyond on business or leisure will be able to experience Qatar Airways’ award-winning Five Star service as recognised by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency.
ANA is one of the top 10 passenger airlines in the world with an extensive domestic network covering the whole of Japan, and 22 overseas destinations in Europe, North America, Asia and the Pacific.
The tie-up marks the start of an alliance between Qatar Airways and ANA, which is set to extend to code-share services in the near future.
Qatar Airways currently operates scheduled flights from its Doha hub in the Arabian Gulf, to 59 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and the Far East.
On January 8, the airline launched scheduled flights between Doha and Yangon, and today added Johannesburg and Cape Town to its growing network. By the end of 2005, the airline plans to serve at least 70 destinations, including Athens, Tunis and Algiers.
Qatar Airways’ manager of Privilege Club, Gregory Epps said the agreement with ANA was the first step towards a long-term partnership that will extend to code-sharing.
“ANA has an extensive network of flights within Japan and internationally serving destinations from Tokyo and Osaka.”
“This partnership gives our Privilege Club members more opportunities to earn Qmiles and redeem them on our flights and on our partner airlines, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic, MEA and now, ANA.”
Qatar Airways’ new Osaka route will be operated with the modern Airbus A330-200 in a three-class configuration. The First Class cabin has 12 seats that convert to 180-degree flat beds, Business Class offers 18 seats that recline 160 degrees, while Economy features 208 seats.
The Airbus A330-200 features Qatar Airways’ award-winning Audio Video On Demand system, allowing passengers in all three classes to choose from an extensive list of international new release films and short programmes to view on their individual TV screens, and listen to an extensive list of CDs and radio channels.
Qatar Airways operates a modern all-Airbus fleet of 40 aircraft, which will double in size over the next few years following a $5.1bn order for 34 additional Airbus jets.
As one of the fastest growing and youngest carriers in the world, Qatar Airways has made significant inroads in the global aviation industry to become an award-winning airline in just a short few years.
It is one of only three airlines in the world to be ranked a Five Star carrier for excellent service and high standards by Skytrax.
Skytrax also ranked Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as the best in the Middle East in 2004 for the second year running and fifth best in the world following a survey of more than two million passengers worldwide.
For further information on Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club, web users can log onto www.qmiles.com and for more information on ANA, access www.anaskyweb.com
Qatar Airways Flight QR820 from Doha International leaves every Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 2235, arriving at Osaka Kansai Airport at 1430 local time the following day. Flight QR821 will leave Osaka Kansai Airport every Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2345, arriving in Doha at 0530 the following morning.
During the 2003/2004 financial year, Qatar Airways carried 3.3m passengers, up 35% on the previous 12-month period. Passenger numbers are projected to rise sharply in the 2004/2005 period to 4.5m.
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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