British Airways has today confirmed it will codeshare on a small number of Qatar Airways flights from its hub in Doha.
These are flights to Karachi, Peshawar, Islamabad and Lahore in Pakistan, Dhaka, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Entebbe in Uganda, and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.
With the exception of Entebbe, these are destinations not currently served by BA.
Indeed, Dar es Salaam was suspended last year. Islamabad, the only destination served by BA in Pakistan at the time, was suspended in 2008. Dhaka was suspended in March 2009. Addis Ababa was suspended in June 2012.
It is also worth noting that these codeshares are only available when flying to Doha on a BA operated flight (which necessitates a stop in Bahrain). They are not available when flying to Doha on Qatar Airways.
From a cursory scan of the timetables, some connections work better than others. In the case of Islamabad the connecting time at Doha is a whole 24 hours as the Qatar Airways flight leaves five minutes before BA arrives!
It’s a reasonable assumption that the codeshare relationship between the two airlines will grow over time. In particular, it will be interesting to see if BA offers a codeshare to Australia, to complement its codeshares with Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong.