American Airlines announces Qatar tie-up

US carrier signs codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways; to start in late February

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American Airlines has announced it has signed an agreement with Qatar Airways to codeshare on each other's flights to provide new growth opportunities.

Following government approvals, the new codeshare agreement will offer customers more seamless choices by allowing the two airlines to work together to improve flight schedules and connection times.

"Our extensive codeshare relationship with Qatar Airways will provide our customers with easy, premium access when traveling to and from the Middle East and beyond," said Kurt Stache, American's vice president, Strategic Alliances.

"This new codeshare relationship with Qatar is another example of how American is focused on building its global network through closer coordination with its alliance partners around the world," he added.

The agreement with Qatar will include codesharing on nonstop flights between the US and Doha, flights connecting at the carriers' European gateways such as Paris and London, and flights to cities in the US and beyond Doha.

Additionally, members of the American Airlines AAdvantage programme will be able to earn miles on the codeshare flights operated by Qatar Airways.

Customers can begin booking travel on codeshare flights on February 10 for travel beginning February 26, American Airlines said in a statement.

In October, Qatar was invited to join the oneworld alliance. Qatar is the first of the three major carriers in the Gulf to join a global airline alliance. Its addition will add 15 destinations and three countries to the oneworld map.

Qatar currently serves 120 destinations in 70 countries in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia and Australia.

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Posted by: tim

I dont think the study is based purely on number of pax carried each year . I think findings of more dynamic studies are taken into account as well.

Posted by: RAH

Would love the writer to define his statement: "Qatar is the first of the three major carriers in the Gulf to join a global airline alliance."

What/how does he define as major? If major carrier is defined by the number of passengers carried per year, then Saudi Airlines trumps Etihad and Qatar.

If major carrier means number of fleet, then Saudia trumps Etihad (Saudia with 102 planes and Etihad with 67).

As a result of this quick research, for which the writer failed to do, the statement is incorrect! Saudia, already part of Sky Team, was the first of the major carriers in the Gulf to join a major alliance. Qatar has merely followed Saudia, becoming the second Gulf airline to join.

I wish writers would perform due diligence before writing such rubbish and incorrect information.

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