Qatar Air­ways to Join oneworld Oc­to­ber 30

Business Traveler (USA) - - UPFRONT -

Qatar Air­ways will be­come a full mem­ber of oneworld start­ing Oct. 30. Qatar’s im­ple­men­ta­tion of the oneworld pro­gram comes just one year af­ter the air­line re­ceived its in­vi­ta­tion to join. This will make its in­duc­tion into oneworld one of the fastest in the al­liance’s his­tory. Nor­mally it takes around 18 months for an air­line to en­ter any al­liance.

Voted by read­ers of Busi­ness Trav­eler mag­a­zine as the Best Air­line for In­ter­na­tional Travel and the Best Busi­ness Class to the Mid­dle East in the 2012 Best in Busi­ness Travel Awards, Qatar Air­ways is the only one of the “Gulf Big Three” car­ri­ers slated to join any of the global air­line al­liances. The car­rier re­ceived the go-ahead to join the al­liance af­ter suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing a thor­ough re­view of its readi­ness, con­ducted by Bri­tish Air­ways, which is sponsoring Qatar Air­ways’ en­try into the al­liance, with oneworld’s cen­tral team.

“In Qatar Air­ways’ rel­a­tively short his­tory, we have quickly es­tab­lished a rep­u­ta­tion for in­no­va­tion, qual­ity and ex­cel­lence in ev­ery­thing we do,” said Qatar Air­ways chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ak­bar Al Baker. “We are pleased to build on that by be­com­ing the only ma­jor air­line from the Gulf to date to be join­ing any of the global air­line al­liances. We are proud to en­ter­ing the best of them, in oneworld – and to be do­ing so in record quick time.”

The move adds more than 20 des­ti­na­tions and five coun­tries – Ethiopia, Iran, Rwanda, Ser­bia and Tan­za­nia – to the oneworld map. In ad­di­tion, Qatar Air­ways will of­fer rout­ing al­ter­na­tives across many hun­dreds of city pairs. For ex­am­ple, pas­sen­gers fly­ing be­tween Asia and South­ern Europe or be­tween Asia and Africa will now have one-stop con­nec­tions not pre­vi­ously avail­able within the oneworld net­work.

For de­tails visit qatarair­ways.com

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