International Airlines Group has announced a joint business agreement between British Airways and Qatar Airways which will start on October 30th.
The joint business will benefit customers by providing better links between the UK, continental Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa, with a greater choice of flights and enhanced frequent flyer benefits.
Earlier this year Qatar Airways Group increased its stake in IAG to 20.01 per cent.
The revenue-sharing agreement will allow the airlines to cooperate on scheduling and pricing, providing customers with more flexible options and an attractive range of fares.
Customers will be able to travel more easily on the airlines’ combined route network which will serve more than 70 destinations.
The joint business will see the two airlines code-sharing on all non-stop flights operated between the UK and Doha and connecting services to destinations in the UK, continental Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa.
This will include British Airways’ daily direct flights from London Heathrow to Doha.
Willie Walsh, IAG chief executive, said: “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.
“It will also allow us to provide easier journeys with better aligned schedules, more frequencies and improved flight transfers.
“This partnership follows the commercial agreement with IAG Cargo signed two years ago and enhances our relationship with Qatar Airways further.”
This agreement will also strengthen the oneworld alliance and enable it to compete more effectively on these routes.
Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group’s chief executive, commented: “British Airways is an airline steeped in history and prestige and we are proud to be partnering with them to offer our passengers an even greater choice of global destinations.
“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.”