British Airways and Qatar Airways have completed their expansion to form the industry’s largest joint business partnership, spanning 185 destinations across over 60 countries. Guests of both airlines will enjoy greater choice when connecting via London and Doha.
On Monday (September 26, 2022), British Airways announced the completion of the latest phase in their joint business partnership with Qatar Airways, offering more global connectivity than any other airline industry collaboration. With the latest expansion, the airlines have added 42 new countries to their shared network, including Italy, the Maldives, Norway, Singapore and Sweden. In total, the joint business partnership now offers seamless connectivity via London or Doha to 185 destinations across more than 60 countries. The latest expansion is part of British Airways and Qatar Airways’ plan to ‘Move Further Together’. Cooperation on some routes remain subject to regulatory clearance.
In Monday’s announcement, British Airways’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sean Doyle, said,
“This is a huge milestone in our long-standing relationship with Qatar Airways, an airline that shares our passion for customer service, choice and flexibility. From idyllic holiday hotspots such as the Maldives and Thailand, to business hubs such as Singapore and Hong Kong, we are pleased to open up the world as the travel industry continues to make steps towards its recovery.”
Also commenting on the expanded joint business partnership, Qatar Airways Group’s Chief Executive, His Excellence Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said,
“The growing collaboration between Qatar Airways and British Airways shows our customers our common goal to offer an unparalleled network with unique benefits. Travellers can now experience the best in quality and service as they travel across our joint network. The joint business between our airlines cements both Qatar Airways and British Airways as industry leaders, aiming to provide the utmost flexibility and unrivalled connectivity to our customers.”
British Airways and Qatar Airways Joint Business Overview - Courtesy British Airways
Additionally, customers of both airlines can earn and spend Avios, their common currency, when flying either carrier. Customers can also seamlessly link their British Airways Executive Club and Qatar Airways Privilege Club accounts to transfer Avios between the two, or combine balances to claim rewards faster. The collaboration also allows reciprocal access to exclusive lounges.
British Airways is a global airline and the UK’s flag carrier, and has been flying customers to where they want to be for over 100 years. With their main base at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5, British Airways flies to destinations in 65 countries. The airline connects Britain with the world and the world with Britain, operating one of the most extensive international scheduled networks, together with joint business, codeshare and franchise partners. British Airways is also a founding member of the global oneworld alliance, which serves approximately 1,000 destinations worldwide. In September 2021, British Airways launched ‘BA Better World’, the carrier’s sustainability program, committing to put sustainability at the heart of everything the company does, including a clear roadmap to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Source: British Airways