Qatar Airways Celebrates 10 Years of Oneworld Membership

Qatar Airways marks a decade as a member of the oneworld Alliance. The oneworld Alliance is among the world’s largest airline partnerships, with 13 member airlines, and the flag carrier of Qatar is the second largest within the alliance, just after American Airlines. So, what benefits has the alliance brought to the airline during ten years of membership?

Airline alliances offer numerous advantages to airlines. The primary benefit of alliance membership is the ability to provide customers with an expanded route network, offering more travel opportunities. It is no surprise that many renowned airlines worldwide are part of these global alliances.

In 1999, the oneworld Alliance took flight with its pioneering members, including American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, and Qantas. Today, this global alliance boasts 13 member airlines. Today, the oneworld Alliance connects over 900 destinations across 170 territories, featuring access to numerous airport lounges.

Along the way, Qatar Airways has become the second-largest member in the alliance. The airline has expanded from 125 to 163 destinations and doubled its fleet from 125 to 259 aircraft. The only airline with a bigger network in this alliance is American Airlines, offering over 330 destinations. Commenting on the 10-year anniversary, Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker emphasized that the Doha-based airline is the “key driver” of the alliance, stating:

“We strive to provide oneworld passengers with a world-class travel experience within our extensive global network, with key connectivity to Europe, Australasia, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the Indian subcontinent.”

“Our alliance’s achievements and efforts are nothing short of industry-leading, and I firmly believe in our ability to develop a dynamic future led by a new generation of aviation professionals and pioneers in sustainability. This valuable milestone reinforces our dedication to connecting people, destinations and cultures.”


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