Qatar Airways has announced it has signed a comprehensive codeshare agreement with Air Serbia, the flag carrier of Serbia, allowing passengers seamless travel to over 40 destinations when travelling on each other’s networks effective 01 February 2023.
Qatar Airways currently operates five weekly flights between its hub in Doha, Qatar and Belgrade, the Serbian capital. The codeshare agreement opens up a host of new exciting destinations for its passengers to use a single booking to continue their journey to European countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia among others served by Air Serbia.
From its hub at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, Air Serbia serves more than 70 destinations in Europe, the Mediterranean, North America, Asia and Africa. As a part of this collaboration, Air Serbia will add its marketing code on Qatar Airways direct flights between Belgrade and Doha, as well as various points beyond Doha including Adelaide, Baku, Brisbane, Tbilisi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Muscat, Nairobi, Perth, Seychelles, Singapore and Sydney. Additionally, subject to obtaining all necessary government approvals and once all conditions are fulfilled, Air Serbia plans to extend its coverage to Bangkok, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Phuket, Seoul, Tokyo, Yerevan, Zanzibar and many more.
Qatar Airways and Air Serbia have a long standing interline cooperation and today’s signing marks a milestone in the mutual commitment of both airlines to improving customer experience. Passengers can book their travel with both airlines, through online travel agencies as well as with local travel agents.
Qatar Airways brings the holiday spirit throughout its customer experience as passengers reconnect with family and friends until December 27, 2022. From the moment passengers indulge in nostalgic favourites at our premium lounges to the traditional seasonal menus onboard; the taste and flavours of sweet treats evoke childhood memories, a constant reminder of the joy of travel this holiday season.
The annual celebration takes place onboard and at Qatar Airways’ Premium Lounges. Passengers travelling in Premium Cabins will dine in the glow of snowflake themed lanterns, complemented by cutlery bands and festive linens. The holiday special menu card design leads to a presentation of a creamy chestnut soup, seafood platter with rosemary sauce, smoked salmon, tuna tataki, prawns, and a roasted stuffed turkey, ending with the comforting warm goodness of marshmallow hot chocolate, peppermint candy canes and festive biscotti.
Passengers travelling in the Economy cabin can select from holiday favourites including pumpkin mousseline salad, roasted stuffed turkey with jus, roasted root vegetables and gingerbread white mousse cake with festive crumble, red velvet and gold beads. In keeping with the holiday spirit, passengers can unwind watching their favourite holiday movies while enjoying hot chocolate served in festive snowflake themed eco-friendly paper cups, with marshmallows,salted caramel popcorn, and peppermint candy canes.
The Qatar Airways holiday season celebrations can be experienced on selected routes across Europe, Americas, Africa, and Asia until December 27, 2022. Throughout the holiday season, passengers can enjoy the warm and fuzzy feelings that only Oryx One’s iconic holiday special movie collection can provide.
Qatar Airways gears up for holiday travel across the airline’s Premium Lounges in Qatar and its Global Premium Lounges in London, Beirut, Singapore, and Bangkok. Passengers can get into the spirit of the season with a special selection of celebratory beverages and cuisine consisiting of butternut squash chowder, turkey roulade and cranberry sauce, with a miniature yule log or a traditional mince pie to follow. Dedicated flower arrangements with a touch of sparkle add that perfect trimming to seasonal festive ambience.
Top Copyright Photo: Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1041 A7-ANQ (msn 382) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 959740.
Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight from Doha to Düsseldorf in Germany landed at Düsseldorf International Airport on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, marking the launch of the airline’s latest German destination. The flight was welcomed with a water canon salute upon arrival.
Operated by a Boeing 787 aircraft, flight QR085 was welcomed with an opening ceremony attended by Qatar Airways VP Sales, Europe, Mr. Eric Odone and Düsseldorf International Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Thomas Schnalke.
Qatar Airways currently offers services to Munich, Frankfurt and Berlin, making Düsseldorf its fourth destination in Germany. In July 2022, the award-winning airline increased its flight frequency from Frankfurt to three times a day. The move into Düsseldorf further demonstrates Qatar Airways’ commitment to the German market.
Qatar Airways is set to further boost its growing network with increased flight frequencies to multiple popular destinations across the globe to meet travel demand during the peak winter holiday season.
Qatar Airways is also launching its inaugural services to Dusseldorf, with daily flights starting from November 15, 2022, the airline’s fourth destination in Germany.
Qatar Airways network increases:
Singapore – from 14 weekly to 21 weekly effective 30 October 2022
Bali – Increased from seven weekly to 14 weekly effective 6 December 2022
Abu Dhabi – increased from 21 to 28 weekly flights effective 21 December 2022
Amsterdam – Increased from seven to 10 weekly flights effective 21 December 2022
Almaty – Increased from four to seven weekly flights effective 1 January 2023
Dublin – increased from 11 to 12 weekly flights effective 3 January 2023
Cape Town – Increased from 10 to 14 weekly effective 6 January 2023
Hong Kong – increased from seven to 11 weekly flights effective 16 January 2023
Lusaka and Harare – increased from five to seven weekly flights effective 17 January 2023
Ho Chi Minh – increased from seven to 10 weekly flights effective 20 January 2023
Hanoi- increased from seven to 10 weekly flights effective 20 January 2023
Adelaide and Auckland – increased from five to seven weekly flights effective 22 January 2023
Qatar Airways is offering travel packages for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, welcoming global football fans to enjoy the finest Qatari hospitality and follow their favourite team in person. Fans have the flexibility to build their own package for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, which includes flights with Qatar Airways, the Official Airline Partner of FIFA.
Top Copyright Photo: Qatar Airways Boeing 777-3DZ ER A7-BEB (msn 43215) (FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 952023.
JetBlue Airways today announced it is deepening its relationship with Qatar Airways through the expansion of the airlines’ codeshare agreement. This expansion will allow JetBlue customers to enjoy unrivalled travel options between the United States and 11 new markets, in eight countries, across Africa and Asia via Doha’s Hamad International Airport (DOH). The JetBlue code is now available on flights between Doha and:
Accra, Ghana (ACC)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADD)
Alexandria, Egypt (HBE)
Bangkok, Thailand (BKK)
Cairo, Egypt (CAI)
Denpasar-Bali, Indonesia (DPS)
Harare, Zimbabwe (HRE)
Jakarta, Indonesia (CGK)
Khartoum, Sudan (KRT)
Phuket, Thailand (HKT)
Windhoek, Namibia (WDH)
These 11 new markets will be added to the 13 existing codeshare destinations already available to JetBlue customers within the Qatar Airways Network of Excellence in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
This expanded codeshare agreement builds on the airlines’ partnership that first began in 2011. Qatar Airways passengers already benefit from access to more than 50 destinations across the JetBlue network, including the ability to book travels on JetBlue’s extensive options between the United States, the Caribbean and Latin Americaregions.
Qatar Airways currently flies to more than 150 destinations worldwide, connecting through its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport.
Top Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N652JB (msn 3029) (Spotlight) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 957970.
Qatar Airways and British Airways have completed the latest phase in the expansion of their partnership, offering global connectivity between more countries than any other airline joint business.
The airlines have added 42 new countries to their shared network, including Italy, the Maldives, Norway, Singapore, and Sweden, giving passengers enhanced access between destinations in Europe and the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Customers will now benefit from even greater choices in prices and schedules with options for direct flights as well as connections via hubs in London and Doha. This is all part of Qatar Airways and British Airways’ plan to “Move Further Together” by enhancing the joint network and providing passengers with the best of both airlines.
The expansion will enable seamless connecting journeys on single tickets through Doha and London, bringing the total number of destinations served by the two airlines to 185 across more than 60 countries. The complementary networks uniquely access dozens of countries that no other alliance or joint business provides. The partnership also ensures access to more cities around the world than ever before, continuing to support global trade, tourism, investment, and cultural connection.
Additionally, customers will have more freedom to engage with both airlines’ loyalty programmes, earning and spending Avios, their common currency. Customers are able to seamlessly link their Qatar Airways Privilege Club and British Airways Executive Club accounts to transfer Avios between the two, and combine balances to claim rewards offered by each programme. The collaboration also offers access to both airline’s exclusive lounges, and cabins to suit all budgets and needs, including British Airways’ new Club Suite and Qatar Airways’ award-winning Qsuite.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “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.”
Sean Doyle, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for British Airways said: “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.”
Cooperation on a small number of routes remains subject to pending regulatory clearances.
Qatar Airways has been named the best airline in the world by Skytrax.
After two years of virtual award ceremonies, the 2022 World Airline Awards event returned to normal procedures, with airlines from around the world attending the 2022 awards ceremony, held today at the historic Langham Hotel in London, United Kingdom.
Widely regarded as ‘the Oscars of the aviation industry’, the World Airline Awards began in 1999, and remain totally independent and impartial with all of the customer survey costs and awards event paid by the organisers, Skytrax.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “To be named as the World’s Best Airline was always a goal when Qatar Airways was created, but to win it for the seventh time and pick up three additional awards is a testament to all the hard work of our incredible employees. Their continued dedication and drive is to ensure our passengers have the best experience possible when they fly with Qatar Airways. To win these awards in the same year that we celebrate our 25th anniversary is even more rewarding and I want to offer a sincere thanks to all our passengers who voted for us. Your support drives us to greater achievements every day, we value your loyalty and aim to create memories of a lifetime when you fly with Qatar Airways.”
Singapore Airlines takes second position in the world, with Emirates third, ANA All Nippon Airways fourth, and Qantas Airways in fifth position, out of more than 350 airlines included in the survey results.
Edward Plaisted of Skytrax said: “To receive the 2022 World’s Best Airline award is a great recognition of Qatar Airways high standards, and recognises the hard work and dedication from every member of the airline’s staff to satisfy customers. Qatar Airways was the largest airline to have flown consistently throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with their network never falling below 30 destinations, and that determination has clearly been well recognised by customers with this award as Airline of the Year 2022. For Qatar Airways to achieve this top accolade for a seventh time is both a unique and remarkable achievement, and we congratulate them for this success.”
Big winners at the awards included Qatar Airways who scooped nine award wins, with Singapore Airlines also receiving nine awards. In North America, Delta Air Lines was the success in North America, winning six awards. In Europe, Turkish Airlines was dominant, receiving four awards including the highly competitive Best Airline in Europe title.
India’s Vistara was another key winner, receiving two awards, the Best Airline in India and Southern Asia and Best Airline Staff Service in India and Southern Asia. Vinod Kannan, Chief Executive Officer of Vistara said “It is incredibly heartening for all of us at Vistara to win these awards, which reaffirms the steadfast trust our customers have in us and is a true testament to Vistara setting global benchmarks for excellence in operations and service delivery.”
airBaltic celebrated success at the 2022 World Airline Awards for the first time, receiving the awards for the Best Airline in Eastern Europe, the Most Improved Airline in Europe and the Best Airline Staff in Eastern Europe. Martin Gauss, President and CEO at airBaltic: “We at airBaltic are continuously working on improving and innovating. There is an incredible motivation, dedication and passion within the airBaltic team towards what we do. Therefore I am proud and honoured to receive this award today on behalf of our team and to see our work and efforts being recognized on an international scale.”
Qatar Airways is named the World’s Best Airline at the 2022 World Airline Awards, with Singapore Airlines ranked 2nd and Emirates in 3rd place.
Finnair and oneworld partner Qatar Airways have concluded an agreement to establish a long-term strategic cooperation between Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen and Doha. Finnair and Qatar Airways are exploring opening services also between another European destination and Doha.
These services will be supported by a comprehensive codeshare agreement with shared passenger and cargo capacity between both airlines.
Customers from the three Nordic cities will benefit from seamless connections via Doha to Qatar Airways’ extensive network of around 100 destinations across Australasia, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The collaboration will also open new destinations and connection opportunities across Finnair’s Nordic network for Qatar Airways’ customers.
The services are planned to start between November and December 2022. They will be operated with Finnair’s Airbus A330 aircraft featuring Finnair’s new long-haul cabins, including industry-leading Air Lounge business class seats, a brand-new premium economy travel class and refreshed economy class.
The flights to Doha are to be sold and marketed by both Finnair and Qatar Airways as per the schedule below:
7 weekly flights to and from Helsinki
7 weekly flights to and from Stockholm
7 weekly flights to and from Copenhagen
As a result of these new feeder routes to Doha, Finnair will not operate eight long-haul routes this winter from Stockholm (Arlanda) and from Helsinki.