American Airlines and Qatar Airways expand their strategic alliance with a new codeshare agreement, allowing American customers to book Qatar Airways flights via Doha to and from 16 new countries.
Pending the necessary government codeshare approvals, travelers will be able to book trips beyond Qatar to their final destinations in Ethiopia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The expanded codeshare comes as American launches new service on June 4 between John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York and Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha, recently voted the best airport in the world. . The new service makes American the only US carrier to serve the Gulf region, connecting seamlessly through Doha with Qatar Airways.
“Our global partnerships extend American’s comprehensive network, providing access to many destinations for our customers who are ready to travel around the world.said American CEO Robert Isom. “We are delighted to deepen our strategic alliance with Qatar Airways alongside the launch of our new service between New York and Doha, giving American customers more choice and convenient access to the Middle East and beyond..”
The strategic alliance includes Qatar Airways, the leading carrier in the Middle East in terms of frequencies and destinations and six-time winner of the Skytrax “Best Airline in the World” award, placing its code on thousands of US domestic flights – strengthening connectivity and creating new travel choices for customers. American’s network provides connections to over 250 North American cities and Qatar Airways’ extensive network of over 85 relevant destinations provides customers with access to gateways in the Middle East, East Africa , South Asia and Southeast Asia. The airlines, both members of the alliance, are paving the way for more interconnected travel within the alliance and around the world.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said:Qatar Airways is pleased to extend its codeshare partnership with American Airlines, another step in renewing its long-term strategic partnership with the airline. The expansion of our codeshare agreement demonstrates our shared confidence in the future of aviation and our shared mission to improve the customer experience for millions of passengers worldwide. We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with our colleagues aglobal partner to provide passengers with the reliable, safe and award-winning service they know and expect from Qatar Airways.”