Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker (fourth left) with oneworld officials Tom Horton, Willie Walsh and Bruce Ashby.
DOHA: Qatar Airways will become a full member of oneworld, a leading quality airline alliance, with effect from October 30.
Qatar Airways is the only one of the “Gulf Big Three” carriers slated to join any of the global airline alliances, said a statement yesterday.
It received clearance to board oneworld after successfully completing a thorough review of its readiness, conducted by British Airways, which is sponsoring Qatar Airways’ entry into the alliance, with oneworld’s central team.
Qatar Airways’ addition to oneworld will come shortly before the airline moves into its new home base, Hamad International Airport, with an eventual capacity for 50 million passengers a year. From its first flights on October 30, Qatar Airways will offer oneworld’s full range of services and benefits.
From then, the three million members of Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club loyalty programme will enjoy frequent flyer privileges whenever they fly with any oneworld member airline, which include leading brands from each global region — airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and some 30 affiliated airlines.
This includes earning and redeeming Qmiles for awards and earning Qpoints for tier status when flying with all these airlines.
Privilege Club Platinum cardholders will have Emerald status in the oneworld programme. Privilege Club Gold will be equivalent to oneworld Sapphire and Privilege Club Silver will be oneworld Ruby.
From October 30, Privilege Club Platinum and Gold members will be able to access 550 airport lounges worldwide offered by oneworld member airlines when they fly with one of the alliance’s carriers. Qatar Airways’ First and Business Class passengers will also be able to use oneworld partner airline lounges.
Also from October 30, the 130 million members of the established oneworld airlines’ frequent flyer programmes will be able to earn and redeem awards and tier status points and receive all other oneworld benefits on Qatar Airways.
Qatar Airways is already participating in Global Explorer, the round-the-world fare offered by all oneworld members and various airlines that are not part of the alliance. When it becomes part of oneworld, Qatar Airways’ network will be covered by the full and extensive range of oneworld fare and sales products.
More significantly, Qatar Airways will substantially strengthen the alliance’s customer offering by providing superior routing alternatives across many hundreds of city pairs.
For example, passengers flying between Asia and Southern Europe or between Asia and Africa will now have convenient one-stop connections not previously available within the oneworld network.