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Doha, QATAR – Award-winning Qatar Airways, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, and US-based United Airlines have launched a partnership linking their respective frequent flyer programmes.Under the agreement, members of Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club loyalty programme will be able to earn Qmiles on all scheduled flights operated by United Airlines and its subsidiary units, United Express and Ted.Privilege Club members will also be able to redeem their Qmiles for flights on United Airlines, United Express and Ted to over 200 destinations within the United States and across United’s international network covering South America, Asia and Europe.The tie-up is part of Qatar Airways’ ongoing strategy to provide its most loyal customers holding Privilege Club membership with greater opportunities to earn and redeem Qmiles.Privilege Club members will earn a minimum of 500 Qmiles for flying on United. In addition, they will be able to earn Qmiles on United Airlines as follows: -- 300% of the actual miles flown in First Class- 200% of the actual miles flown in Business Class- 100% of the actual miles flown in Economy ClassAll Privilege Club members – whether they hold Gold, Silver or Burgundy status – also have the opportunity to secure cabin upgrades on Qatar Airways flights with their accrued Qmiles.
In addition, members of United Airlines’ Mileage Plus programme will now be able to earn miles on Qatar Airways.Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said he was delighted to see a well-established force in the international aviation industry become the airline’s latest partner.“This partnership with United Airlines reinforces our commitment at Qatar Airways to provide our loyal customers with additional benefits and more opportunities to accumulate Privilege Club Qmiles faster,” he said.“We welcome United Airlines as a key partner and look forward to welcoming their most loyal Mileage Plus members on our flights and enjoy the high levels of service we have been recognised for around the world.”Qatar Airways is one of a select-few airlines in the world ranked a Five Star carrier by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the third year running in 2005 and fifth best in the world following a survey of more than 12 million passengers worldwide.For further information on Privilege Club, log onto www.qmiles.com
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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