A new Codeshare agreement paves the way to expand the strategic alliance between American Airlines and Qatar Airways. This expansion allows the customers of American Airlines to book two-way flights between Doha and 16 new countries through Qatar Airways.
After all the necessary government Codeshare approvals come through, tourists will be able to book flights from Qatar to 16 other destinations. These destinations are Ethiopia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
On June 4th, American Airlines launched a new service that serves the Gulf region. This makes it the only U.S. carrier from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to connect at Doha’s Hamad International Airport (DOH) with Qatar Airways. The expansion of the Codeshare agreement comes as a result of the introduction of this service.
The CEO of American Airlines, Robert Isom says, “Our global partnerships expand upon American’s comprehensive network, providing access to numerous destinations for our customers who are ready to travel around the world,”. He further added, saying, “We’re excited to deepen our strategic alliance with Qatar Airways alongside the launch of our new service between New York and Doha, giving American’s customers more choices and convenient access to the Middle East and beyond.”
Qatar Airways will have to place its code on thousands of domestic flights of American Airlines as per the guidelines of the strategic alliance. This will in turn reinforce the connectivity and establish more travel options for the customers. Over 250 North American cities fall under the network of connections of American Airlines. Adding the 85 relevant destinations already in the Qatar Airways’ extensive network will grant American Airlines’ customers access to East Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.
H.E. Mr Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive of Qatar Airways Group, has said, “Qatar Airways is pleased to extend our Codeshare partnership with American Airlines, as yet another step in renewing our long-term strategic partnership with the airline. The expansion of our Codeshare agreement is a testament to our joint confidence in the future of aviation, and our shared mission of enhancing the customer experience for millions of passengers worldwide. We are thrilled to build on our relationship with our fellow OneWorld partner to provide passengers with the reliable, safe and award-winning service that they have come to know and expect from Qatar Airways.”
Both American Airlines and Qatar Airways are facilitating the pathway for more interconnected travel to take place within this strategic partnership, as well as on a global scale.