Qatar Airways and British Airways expand global connectivity, spanning 185 destinations across over 60 countries. Customers will gain access to more itineraries, greater choices of airfares, and better incentives for frequent flyer customers. They will increase direct and connecting flight options via London and Doha.

With the addition of 42 more nations to the airlines’ shared network, including Italy, Maldives, Norway, Singapore, and Sweden, passengers now have improved access between locations in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) sector and Asia.

The expansion increases the total number of destinations served by the two airlines and will facilitate the passengers to travel seamlessly between Doha and London on a single ticket. The collaboration leads to the anticipated global connectivity to more cities than ever before, sustaining international business, investments, tourism, and cultural exchange.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker says,

“The growing collaboration between Qatar Airways and British Airways shows our customers our common goal to offer an unparalleled network with unique benefits. Travellers can now experience the best in quality and service as they travel across our joint network.  The joint business between our airlines cements both Qatar Airways and British Airways as industry leaders, aiming to provide the utmost flexibility and unrivalled connectivity to our customers.”

Customers will also have more flexibility in participating in the reward programs of both airlines, earning and spending Avios, which are their shared currency. Additionally, the partnership allows access to both airlines’ premier lounges and a variety of amenities, including the award-winning Qsuite on Qatar Airways and the new Club Suite on British Airways.

Sean Doyle, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for British Airways says,

“This is a huge milestone in our long-standing relationship with Qatar Airways, an airline that shares our passion for customer service, choice and flexibility.

“From idyllic holiday hotspots such as the Maldives and Thailand, to business hubs such as Singapore and Hong Kong, we are pleased to open up the world as the travel industry continues to make steps towards its recovery.”

The Joint Venture: Qatar Airways & British Airways

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British Airways and Qatar Airways celebrate the latest milestone in the expansion of their joint business. Photo credit| © British Airways

In October 2016, Qatar Airways acquired a 9.99% stake worth $1.7 billion in IAG, the holding company for British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, LEVEL, and Vueling. Thereafter, in 2020, Qatar Airways increased its stake from 21.4% to 25.1%.

IAG reduced the cap on non-EU ownership of the company in January 2020 as non-EU ownership fell from 47.5% to 39.5%. Although Qatar Airways didn’t require this change in structure to increase its stake, IAG still wants at least 50% of the company to be owned by EU investors in order to keep its current operational rights.

About British Airways

British Airways has been flying passengers around the world and serving as the national airline of the UK for more than a century. Together with its joint venture, codeshare, and franchise partners, the airline operates one of the largest internationally scheduled airline route networks, connecting Britain with the rest of the world.

About Qatar Airways

The government of Qatar owns all of Qatar Airways, making it a non-profit organisation because Qatar Airways sees itself as an essential component of developing Doha’s infrastructure. Without a true airline, they know they cannot be a significant international city.

Qatar Airways is honoured to have been crowned Airline of the Year in the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards for the fourth time in 2017, as well as in 2011, 2012, and 2015. As of now, Qatar Airways owns:

  • 21.46% stake in IAG
  • 10% stake in LATAM
  • 9.6% stake in Cathay Pacific
  • 49% stake in Air Italy
  • 5% stake in China Southern

Emirates has a major collaboration with Qantas, and Qatar Airways now has the largest joint operation with British Airways; it’s exciting to see the Gulf carriers working together to improve the air travel experience for passengers. It will be fascinating to see what other frequent flyer benefits this brings.

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