Qatar Airways has launched the first stage of a strategic partnership with American Airlines, with the Middle Eastern carrier placing its code on domestic flights in the United States.
The airline is implementing several changes, including the introduction of personal protective equipment suits for cabin crew while onboard, as well as a modified service that reduces interactions between the passengers and the crew inflight.
Qatar Airways will begin a phased approach to expanding its network this month. The Middle Eastern carrier said growth would be in line with passenger demand and the expected relaxation of entry restrictions around the world.
Qatar Airways has secured US$850 million in financing from Standard Chartered. The Middle Eastern carrier has used seven Boeing 787-9 aircraft as collateral on the deal.
American Airlines has renewed its codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways, a fellow member of the oneworld alliance. The move comes just over two years after the pair very publicly fell out in a row over government subsidies.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, stated: “Our investment to date has been highly successful and the announced increase in our shareholding is evidence of our continued support of IAG and its strategy.”
Bulgaria Air is the largest Bulgarian airline and national carrier of the Republic of Bulgaria. It performs direct flights to 25 cities in Europe, including domestic flights to Varna and Bourgas.
Air Italy has entered liquidation after shareholders Alisarda and Qatar Airways refused to invest further resources in the company. The airline lost €164 million in 2018, based on revenue of €283 million.
Starting from January 27th, and subject to regulatory approval, the new agreement will strengthen the two airlines’ strategic partnership, first initiated in 2001.
Eight new destinations will be joining the network this year, in addition to the recently announced gateways of Santorini, Greece; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Osaka, Japan.