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American Airlines & Qatar Airways Agree Codeshare
There has been a significant thawing in relations between two fellow members of the Oneworld alliance.
It wasn’t until that long ago that Qatar Airways was threatening to leave the Oneworld alliance following comments made by American Airlines and Qantas against the airline.
There are now signs of improvement in relations. American and Qatar have agreed to reinstate a previously severed codeshare agreement. American will place its code on both non-stop and connecting Qatar operated flights to the US. Qatar will place its code on American operated domestic flights beyond its US hubs and international flights from Europe, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
This will substantially improve American’s coverage of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, where its is currently dependent on a relatively limited codeshare with BA.
American has also expressed an ambition to fly to Doha. The two airlines also plan to explore further commercial co-operation. A logical progression is a full revenue sharing joint-business. However, these take a long time to agree behind the scenes. Given it also involves sharing sensitive commercial information, it requires trust on all sides.
This development, together with new and reinstated relationships with Royal Air Maroc and Air Alaska does also point to American working much harder with its alliance partners.Continue reading “London Air Travel's Atlantic Update – 26 February 2020”