Qatar Airways has jumped on Asian carrier Cathay Pacific’s new direct service to Doha with the two airlines signing a new code-share agreement.
Under the strategic agreement, the two carriers, which are both members of the oneworld alliance, will offer both Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways passengers more flexibility in flights from Hong Kong to Europe, Africa and the Gulf or from Doha to Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Japan.
Passengers will also be able to freely book with either airline to the combined network of destinations as well as accrue frequent flyer points.
Top-tier members from Cathay Pacific’s Marco Polo Club and Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club will also receive reciprocal benefits, including lounge access, extra baggage allowances and priority boarding.
Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific started its twice-weekly service to the Qatar capital on March 30.
Cathay Pacific chief executive Ivan Chu said: “Cathay Pacific has been serving the Middle East for more than 30 years and we are committed to developing our presence in this ever-growing market. Doha is our fourth destination in the region and the launch of the new service will enable travellers here to enjoy the great connectivity Cathay Pacific offers via the Hong Kong hub to our extensive network in Asia, Australia and China. At the same time, the launch of the code-share agreement with Qatar Airways will provide even more travel options for our customers.”
Qatar Airways chief executive officer, Akbar al-Baker said: “Alliances and code shares alike are playing an increasingly important role in the airline industry today – and that will continue long into the future.”
“Becoming a member of oneworld last October was one of the most significant landmarks in Qatar Airways’ history. It has strengthened our competitive offering and the advent of these new code-share routes with our partner Cathay Pacific will expand travel options for Qatar Airways passengers across routes in Australasia and North Asia,” he said.