Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways and United Airlines have implemented their code share agreement following approval from the US Department of Transportation to place their codes on each other’s flights giving passengers more destinations to choose from.
Under the agreement, Qatar Airways significantly expands its presence in the United States, a market it entered in June with scheduled flights from Doha to New York (Newark). In July, Qatar Airways added daily non-stop scheduled services between Doha and Washington DC.
Qatar Airways’ QR flight code is now placed on selected services operated by United Airlines, giving the Doha-based carrier access to a number of domestic cities across the United States from Washington DC, and on flights from key European gateways to the US.
United Airlines’ UA flight code is also placed on Qatar Airways’ flights between Doha and Washington DC and Newark, as well as a number of routes operated by Qatar Airways across its network from the Qatari capital.
As part of the agreement, Qatar Airways has applied its QR flight code on:-
- Flights operated by United Airlines from Washington DC to more than 50 cities across the US
- Flights operated by United Airlines from London Heathrow, Paris, Frankfurt, Zurich, Rome and Munich to one or all of the following cities – Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC and Chicago.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that passenger feedback had been extremely positive since the airline launched flights to the United States this summer.
“We are delighted with the strong passenger response to our New York and Washington DC flights – and the codeshare arrangement we have entered into with United Airlines will strengthen our position across the US,” he said.
“United Airlines has an extensive reach across the US domestic market. Our passengers travelling from Doha, the Indian subcontinent, Asia and the Middle East will gain online access to an array of US cities via connecting flights operated by United Airlines through Washington DC and Europe.
“For passengers it means seamless transfers between flights, baggage checked-through to their final destination and a host of other benefits.”
Qatar Airways began its relationship with United Airlines in November 2005 when members of the airline’s Privilege Club frequent flyer programme were able to earn and redeem Qmiles on flights operated by United Airlines. Both carriers have also enjoyed a strategic cargo partnership through which the airlines have carried more than 600,000 kilos (1.3 million pounds) of general freight and in excess of two million kilos (4 million pounds) of mail since its inception in early 2006.
Qatar Airways, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, currently operates a modern fleet of 58 all-Airbus aircraft to 79 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Far East, Indian subcontinent and North America.
The launch of the US flights was the highlight of Qatar Airways’ route expansion programme during 2007, which has already seen Dar es Salaam, Lagos, Bali, Ho Chi Minh City, Chennai, Geneva and Nagpur added to the carrier’s burgeoning network.
From November 27, Qatar Airways launches four-flights-a-week to the Swedish capital Stockholm. Daily scheduled services to the western Indian city of Ahmedabad are due to begin on December 12.
Qatar Airways is one of only five 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 12 million passengers. During the 2006/07 financial year, Qatar Airways carried more than 8 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com.
Earlier this year, Qatar Airways’ award-winning Privilege Club won an unprecedented eight accolades at the annual US-based Freddie Awards, designed to honour loyalty programmes across the global travel industry. For more information, visit www.qmiles.com
Doha-based Qatar Airways will have a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2015 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, together with 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter beginning 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 2009, when the first phase of the new facility opens. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com