Award-winning Qatar Airways and popular Japanese airline All Nippon Airways finalised a strategic codeshare agreement this weekend in Tokyo. Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker of Qatar Airways, and Mineo Yamamoto President and Chief Executive Officer of ANA, signed the codeshare agreement during a brief ceremony.
Al Baker met up with his counterpart in ANA in Tokyo on the occasion of the official gala dinner held to celebrate the launch of Qatar Airways’ 60th destination, Osaka in Japan, which was inaugurated on March 31st, 2005.
Both parties expressed their delight in the new strategic codeshare partnership, which will see joint flight codes on the trunk route between Doha and Osaka and beyond to Tokyo Haneda Airport, *censored*uoka and Sapporo.
“We are very pleased to have launched our newest service to Osaka in Japan, and are excited about our partnership with ANA. This partnership will extend both our route networks, and will ensure a streamlined service for ANA and Qatar Airways passengers travelling between the codeshare airports, Al Baker said.
“Our partnership with ANA links not just two key markets, but offers the Japanese travelling public convenient connections to many exotic destinations via Doha to the Middle East, Levant, Seychelles, Maldives and Cape Town.
“Also, being able to connect to other airports within Japan on ANA, will smooth travel arrangements for travellers to Japan, be it business or leisure travel. With the codeshare arrangement in place, passengers will get just one ticket and code for each leg of the trip, reducing unnecessary paperwork and worry.”