Qatar Airways Group has launched four international investment arbitrations against the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Since 2017, the four states have imposed an “illegal air, sea and land blockade against Qatar,” the carrier said.
Qatar Airways gradual rebuilding of its network continues with Bangkok, Barcelona, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Singapore and Vienna resuming flights this week.
Qatar Airways will be resuming services to Venice, Italy starting from July 15th. The popular tourist destination and major arts and cultural centre will become the third destination in Italy to see flights from the carrier return.
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.”