New Delhi, Oct 9: Doha-based Qatar Airways was Tuesday invited to join the Oneworld Group.
“Qatar Airways is delighted to have been invited to join Oneworld, which will provide extensive benefits to our passengers and to Oneworld passengers,” said Akbar Al Baker, chief executive, Qatar Airways.
The airline will be sponsored by British Airways to join the alliance and will spend the next 12-18 months going through the Oneworld implementation programme.
Global interline packs like Oneworld and Star Alliance entail several benefits to member carriers like improved product offering, better service standards, access to new markets and premium customers and partnership with leading global carriers.
Such pacts also allow sharing of airport lounges across airports, common rewards schemes and synchronised flight schedules that will permit seamless travel for a passenger on a single air ticket, even if it requires flying several carriers on a single journey.
Oneworld members include Air Berlin, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Qantas, Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines and around 20 affiliates.