(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Qatar Airways is now a part of Oneworld, adding one of the world's fastest growing and most highly rated airlines to the world's fastest growing and most highly rated global airline alliance.
From its first flights on Wednesday “ QR633 which leaves Dhaka for Doha at 03.15am and the QR1166 from Doha for Riyadh, leaving five minutes later at 12.20am Doha time “ Qatar Airways will be offering Oneworld full range of services and benefits. It joins oneworld just one year after receiving its invitation to join, which makes its induction into Oneworld one of the fastest in the alliance's history. A more typical timeline for an airline to comply with the many membership requirements of Oneworld is 18-24 months. For Qatar Airways, joining Oneworld marks the latest achievement in its 16 year history.
Becoming part of Oneworld, which holds more best alliance' awards than any of its competitors, will strengthen Qatar Airways' competitiveness, enabling it to offer customers an unrivalled alliance global network served by partners that include leading airlines from every region.
Qatar Airways, which serves more than 130 destinations in 70 countries across the Middle East, Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia and Australasia, is Oneworld second member airline based in the Middle East. It makes Oneworld the leading alliance in one of the world's fastest growing regions for air travel demand. More than 20 of its destinations and five countries “ Ethiopia, Iran, Rwanda, Serbia and Tanzania “ will be new to the Oneworld map.
Qatar Airways will substantially strengthen the alliance's customer offering by providing superior routing alternatives across many hundreds of city pairs. For example, passengers flying between Asia and Southern Europe or between Asia and Africa will now have convenient one-stop connections not previously available within the Oneworld network. Worldwide, with the other airlines lining up to join, Oneworld will serve almost a thousand airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,000 daily departures.
It will carry 475mn passengers a year on a combined fleet of some 3,300 aircraft. It will generate US140bn annual revenues. At a ceremony to mark its entry into Oneworld, held at Hamad International Airport, Qatar Airways spectacularly unveiled' the first aircraft in its fleet to be decorated in a special oneworld livery “ with the Boeing 777-300 becoming the first aircraft to land' at the new airport. The new Hamad International Airport has an eventual capacity for 50mn passeng