First of “big three” Gulf carriers to join an alliance
It has been announced this morning that Qatar Airways will become a full member of the oneworld alliance from October 30 this year. It is so far the only one of the “Gulf Big Three” carriers to join any of the global airline alliances.
It received clearance to join after successfully completing a review of its readiness, partly conducted by British Airways, which is sponsoring Qatar Airways’ entry into the alliance.
Qatar Airways completes its oneworld implementation program one year after receiving an invitation to join. Oneworld said that this will make its induction one of the fastest in the alliance’s history. Normally it takes around 18 months for any airline to be readied to enter any alliance.
Qatar Airways’ addition to oneworld will come shortly before the airline moves into its new home base, Hamad International Airport, which has been designed to strengthen Doha’s position as a “premium global hub” with an eventual capacity for 50 million passengers a year.
Australian Business Traveller
[pictured: Qatar Airways Dreamliner; courtesy Qatar Airways]