The Joint Business Agreement that British Airways and Qatar Airways signed is being extended to 14 new cities for passengers wanting to connect via Doha.
The 14 new cities include:
- Australia: Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, Melbourne
- India: Goa
- Indonesia: Jakarta
- Malaysia: Penang
- Mozambique: Maputo
- New Zealand: Auckland
- Oman: Sohar
- Philippines: Manila
- Thailand: Pattaya, Phuket
- Vietnam: Hanoi
British Airways and Qatar Airways already codeshare on 48 routes together, with both airlines considering further arrangements.
To support this move, British Airways will deploy a Boeing 787-9 from the 1st July 2018 (however, as has been noted, there will be a period where the airline will not serve Qatar, and will leave Qatar Airways to do the lift between London and Doha).
Lead in return fares from London Heathrow to Jakarta start from £511, return flights to Phuket start from £555 and return flights to Hanoi start from £552.
In quotes, we first have British Airways chairman and CEO Alex Cruz:
“We are very pleased to be extending and deepening our joint business relationship with Qatar Airways which will bring extra benefits and additional routes to customers using both airlines around the world.
“We hope that customers in the UK can now make even easier connections on flights to exciting cities such as Manila, Hanoi, Melbourne and Auckland. Our Executive Club members will also be able to earn and redeem Avios on these new services, giving them even greater benefits.”
Over with Qatar Airways, Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, states:
“The UK is one of our most important markets and one where we have significantly increased our capacity over recent years. It is great news that we can extend our relationship with British Airways and offer customers extra benefits by increasing the number of code sharing opportunities on our network. We look forward to further developing our joint business in the near future.”
And that near future could be coming sooner that people realise – as Qatar Airways have announced today that they are to spin up a twice-daily service between London Gatwick and Doha.
More on that story when I get the details – and other Qatar Airways route launches…
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