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Qatar Airways, BA ink new codeshare deal for UK flights

New partnership will see the two airlines codesharing on all non-stop flights between the UK and Doha

Qatar Airways, BA ink new codeshare deal for UK flights

Qatar Airways and British Airways’ parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), on Wednesday announced a joint business agreement to codeshare on all flights between Doha and the UK.

The deal, which will come into effect on October 30, will benefit customers by offering a wider choice of flights, an enhanced network, greater choice of fares and superior benefits for members of their frequent flyer programmes, a statement said.

It added that the partnership between Qatar Airways and British Airways will see the two airlines code-sharing on all non-stop flights between the UK and Doha, to offer customers a combined route network that will serve more than 70 destinations.

Between the airlines’ hubs of London and Doha the new partnership will offer seven daily non-stop services in both directions.

Qatar Airways group CEO Akbar Al Baker said: "This partnership brings together two world-class airlines to provide an enhanced operation for our passengers with increased daily flights between London and Doha, greater choice of flight schedules, wider range of fares and improved members benefits.

“Today’s announcement reinforces our already established relationship with IAG and we look forward to welcoming British Airways’ direct flights to our hub, Hamad International Airport, where we can provide passengers with seamless access to our global network of more than 150 destinations.”

IAG chief executive Willie Walsh added: “We are delighted to announce this joint business with Qatar Airways which is one of the world's premier airlines. This agreement will benefit customers by giving them access to more destinations through Qatar Airways’ extensive network.

"This partnership follows the commercial agreement with IAG Cargo signed two years ago and enhances our relationship with Qatar Airways further.”

The agreement will also strengthen the oneworld alliance and enable it to compete more effectively on the included routes creating greater competition and increased options for consumers, the statement added.

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