Doha: Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker, joined Queen Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip at the official opening of the new Terminal 2: The Queen’s Building at London’s Heathrow Airport.
Al Baker, a non-Executive Director on the board of Heathrow Airport Limited, was present with CEOs and executives of other airlines.
The Queen inaugurated London Airport’s first passenger terminal, the Central Terminal Area, in December 1955 but has renamed Terminal 2 the Queen’s Terminal.
“It is exciting to see the further expansion of Heathrow with this state-of-the-art terminal opened by the Queen and I am delighted that so many airlines and passengers will benefit from the airport’s increased efficiency. QA regards Heathrow as one of its most important hubs as London remains such a key gateway to Europe and beyond,” said Al Baker.
Meanwhile, QA announced that from July 12 it will partner with fellow oneworld alliance member, Japan Airlines, on additional five code share domestic routes.
Last week, QA started flights to its third route into Japan, alongside Osaka and Tokyo Narita International Airport, when it launched the route to Tokyo Haneda International Airport with a daily service operating a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
QA, which partners with Japan Airlines on a code share on all three of its international routes into Japan from Doha, Qatar, and six domestic routes, will now be able to offer its passengers onward connections to 11 domestic cities in Japan, all through one QA airline booking code.
The additional Haneda code share routes are Osaka-Haneda (ITM-HND), New Chitose– Haneda (CTS-HND), Fukuoka–Haneda (FUK-HND), Okinawa -Haneda (OKA-HND) and Nagoya–Haneda (NGO-HND).