Doha, QATAR - Qatar Airways celebrated its first anniversary of joining the oneworld airline alliance network on 30th October, having joined the global partnership one year prior.
The only carrier in the Gulf to belong to the oneworld alliance, Qatar Airways now offers an unrivalled network alongside its other leading oneworld member airlines, to some 1,000 destinations in more than 150 countries across the globe.
In celebration of the milestone, Qatar Airways offered a premium three-day sale on destinations across its worldwide network, together with a special offer for its Privilege Club members who can earn up to 5,000 bonus Qmiles, when they fly with any oneworld partner airlines until 30th November.
Employees from Qatar Airways also gathered to mark the anniversary with a celebratory cake cutting ceremony at the airline’s new home and hub, Hamad International Airport, performed by the airport’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Badr Al Meer and Qatar Airways Chief Planning Officer, Mr. Richard Roberts. This was followed by staff participation in the first visit to Doha of the alliance’s oneday, oneteam, oneworld training and awareness roadshow, which is currently touring key oneworld hub airports worldwide.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, commented; “Joining oneworld provided a whole new world of benefits for travellers across the globe. It enables Qatar Airways to offer our passengers an unrivalled global network served by partners that include leading airlines from every region. These same passengers have also benefitted from the premium lounge facilities on offer across our alliance’s network and the opportunity of earning Qmiles wherever they may travel in the world.”
oneworld Chief Executive Bruce Ashby added: “oneworld aims to be the first choice alliance for the world’s frequent international travellers – with an unrivalled collection of quality carriers, delivering unmatched benefits to customers and to member airlines alike. oneworld is delighted and proud to be the only global alliance to feature one of the major Gulf carriers, enabling us to be the only global alliance to offer consumers the services and benefits offered by both a global alliance, and a Gulf carrier, positioning oneworld as the leading alliance in what is one of the world’s fastest growing regions for air travel demand.”
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operation, to the point where today it is flying a modern fleet of 139 aircraft to 145 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.
Notes to Editors:
Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 17th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 139 aircraft flying to 145 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.
Qatar Airways celebrated its one year anniversary, on 30th October 2014, of joining the oneworld global alliance. Qatar Airways remains the only carrier in the Gulf to join the oneworld airline alliance.
The airline took delivery of its first Airbus A380 in September this year, and is the global launch customer of the Airbus A350 programme, taking its first delivery in December 2014.
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oneworld is an alliance of some of the world’s leading airlines, committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers. Current member airlines include airberlin, American Airlines (including US Airways), British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, TAM Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines, and around 30 affiliates.
Together as part of oneworld, they:
• Serve almost a thousand airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
• Carry some 510 million passengers a year on a combined fleet of almost 3,500 aircraft.
• Generate US$ 150 billion annual revenues.
oneworld member airlines work together to deliver consistently a superior, seamless travel experience, with special privileges and rewards for frequent flyers, including earning and redeeming miles and points across the entire alliance network. Top tier cardholders (Emerald and Sapphire) enjoy access to more than 600 airport lounges. The most regular travellers (Emerald) can also use fast track security lanes at select airports and are offered extra baggage allowances.
oneworld is the current holder of an unprecedented six of the eight leading “best airline alliance” titles available in the various industry award schemes, including Skytrax’s World’s Best Airline Alliance 2014 for the second year running.
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