The first stage of a strategic partnership between
Qatar Airways and American Airlines has commenced with Qatar
Airways placing its code on American Airlines’ domestic flights.
The codeshare will be rolled out in phases over
the next few weeks and once completed, will see Qatar Airways’
code placed on over 1000 of American Airlines’ domestic flights
connecting with Qatar Airway’s 10 U.S. gateways.
Flights are already available for sale and the first codeshare flights
started on Sunday.
The first phases of the
codeshare will see Qatar Airways’ passengers able to book travel
on American Airlines’ extensive domestic connections via Chicago
(ORD) and Dallas (DFW) to 200 cities including Miami (MIA),
Houston (IAH), Atlanta (ATL), Detroit (DTW), Minneapolis/St.Paul
(MSP), Seattle (SEA), and San Francisco (SFO).
including destinations in Central America, and the Caribbean will
be added, subject to government approvals.
American Airlines Senior Vice President of Network Strategy, Vasu
Raja said, “We are pleased that we’ve reached this important
milestone with Qatar Airways. We look forward to welcoming Qatar
Airways passengers throughout our domestic network as we continue
to focus on the wellbeing of our customers, team members and the
communities we serve during this uncertain time. This is just the
beginning of a strong partnership and we have a very bright future
ahead of us.”
Further expansion of the strategic partnership
will include Qatar Airways placing its code on American’s
international flights to North, Central and South America and
Europe, and American Airlines placing its code on Qatar Airways
flights between the U.S. and Qatar and beyond to a range of
destinations in the Middle-East, Africa and Asia.
will also expected to continue exploring the opportunity for American Airlines
to operate flights between the U.S. and Qatar, along with a number
of joint commercial and operational initiatives to further
strengthen this renewed partnership.
Qatar Airways Chief
Commercial Officer, Mr. Simon Talling-Smith said, “This codeshare
is just the first step in renewing our long-term strategic
partnership with American Airlines. The rollout of this domestic
codeshare demonstrates our airlines are confident about the future
and during this difficult time we continue to focus on how we can
enhance the customer experience for our millions of passengers. As
two of the strongest airlines in the world, I have no doubt that
we will overcome the current challenge and be well positioned to
continue providing our passengers the reliable, safe and
award-winning service that they have come to trust from us.”