British Airways adds 42 countries to Qatar Airways joint venture

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  • British Airways, cabin crew training, customer service
    British Airways

    IATA/ICAO code:
    BA/BAW

    Airline type:
    Full service carrier

    Hub(s):
    London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport

    Year of foundation:
    1974

    Alliance:
    one world

    Air group:
    AGI

    CEO:
    Sean Doyle

    Country:
    UK
  • Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1041A7-ANN
    qatarairways

    IATA/ICAO code:
    QR/QTR

    Airline type:
    Full service carrier

    Hub(s):
    Doha Hamad International Airport

    Year of foundation:
    1993

    Alliance:
    one world

    CEO:
    Akbar Al Baker

    Country:
    Qatar

As James Pearson, route specialist at Simple Flying, hinted in his article on Qatar Airways’ record seven daily flights to Heathrow, further developments were definitely to be expected for the Doha-based carrier’s relationship with British Airways. . The two airlines announced on Monday that they had completed the final phase of their partnership expansion.


“Huge Milestone”

The latest developments are part of BA and Qatar’s plan to “go further together”, and mean the two carriers now offer global connectivity between more countries than any other airline joint venture. They have now added 42 countries to their shared network, reaching as far as Singapore, the Maldives, Italy, Sweden and Norway. The total number of destinations served jointly by the two airlines now stands at 185 in 60 countries.

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Sean Doyle, Chairman and CEO of British Airways, said:

“This is an important milestone in our longstanding relationship with Qatar Airways, an airline that shares our passion for customer service, choice and flexibility. Idyllic vacation spots such as the Maldives and Thailand , to business hubs such as Singapore and Hong Kong , we are excited to open up to the world as the travel industry continues to move towards recovery.

The two companies released a mutual promotion video for the new expansion, in which they said the best of the two airlines combined would “here in a new era of air travel”.

More options for Avios

As well as traveling across much of both airlines’ network on a single connecting ticket, travelers will be able to have more freedom to earn and spend Avios, the common airline loyalty currency. Passengers can link their Qatar Airways Privilege Club and British Airways Executive Club accounts to transfer Avios between the two, and combine balances to claim the rewards offered by each programme. The collaboration also offers access to both airlines’ exclusive lounges, as well as cabins including British Airways’ new Club Suite and Qatar Airways’ award-winning Qsuite.

Loyal customers will have access to BA’s Club Suite cabin. Photo: Justin Hayward/Simple Flight

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said:

“The growing collaboration between Qatar Airways and British Airways demonstrates to our customers our common goal to offer an unparalleled network with unique benefits. Travelers can now enjoy the best in quality and service when traveling on our common network. The joint activity between our airlines cements Qatar Airways and British Airways as industry leaders, aiming to provide the greatest flexibility and unparalleled connectivity to our customers.

Qatar owns a large share of IAG

Qatar Airways owns more than a quarter of BA’s parent company, International Airline Group (IAG), increasing its stake from a fifth to 25.1% in February 2020. At the height of the crisis in July of the same year , Qatar has contributed hundreds of millions of dollars. to help AIG Airlines stay afloat.

What do you think of the joint venture between Qatar and British Airways? Will you use the new connectivity possibilities? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

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