Qatar Airways will join oneworld airline alliance, it was announced today at a press conference in New York. The Doha-based airline will be integrated into the alliance over the next 12 to 18 months.
It is the first of the three major airlines based in the Gulf to join one of big global airline alliances.
Named Airline of the Year for the past two years by the Skytrax independent airline quality rating agency, Qatar Airways has a high-quality network serving 120 destinations in 70 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australasia — fifteen of its destinations and three countries will be new to the oneworld map.
It covers many oneworld hubs including: Amman, Berlin Tegel, Buenos Aires Ezeiza, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London Heathrow, Madrid, Melbourne, Moscow Domodedovo, New York JFK, Osaka Kansai, Sydney, and Tokyo Narita. That will substantially strengthen oneworld’s customer offering.
Qatar Airways, which already code-shares with oneworld member Malaysia Airlines, will explore opportunities to expand its code share partnership with more airlines in the alliance as it prepares to join.