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Qatar Airways continues to expand its strategic partnerships by signing an extended codeshare agreement with Iberia.
The agreement will improve connectivity between the complementary networks of the two airlines and will offer additional travel options to customers traveling between the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America and Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East through the Best Middle East Airport, the Hamad International Airport. Sales have already started with more codeshare flights operating, starting today.
The Chief Executive of the Qatar Airways Group, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are pleased to further expand our codeshare cooperation with Iberia, the largest Spanish airline and the main one connecting Europe to Latin America In spite of the challenges of 2020, it has been our priority to maintain reliable global connectivity for our passengers.
“This expansion of our strategic partnership with Iberia strengthens the links between the centers of Doha and Madrid, ensuring more flexible travel options for our customers. Qatar Airways and Iberia have enjoyed the mutual benefits that this partnership has brought since their beginning in 2017, providing more flexible travel options and seamless connectivity for our millions of passengers. As global travel recovers, we hope to further expand our commercial cooperation with Iberia and continue to provide unparalleled five-star service that our passengers have already gotten used to”.
Iberia Group Chief Executive Javier Sanchez-Prieto said: “The extension of the codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways is very good news for us. At Iberia we work so that when countries remove their restrictions, we can offer our customers the widest and most comprehensive network possible.
“The extension of this codeshare agreement with our global partner, Qatar Airways, opens new markets in Australia and Africa and improves the connectivity we offer between Spain and the rest of the world, with a high quality service offered by our partner, Qatar Airways”.
This expanded commercial cooperation will increase the number of destinations available for Iberia passengers from 29 to 36 on the Qatar Airways network, including new destinations in Angola, Australia, Mozambique, New Zealand, Oman and South Africa.
Qatar Airways passengers will also benefit from additional connectivity, with the possibility to book travel to and from more than four Iberia destinations in Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala and Senegal.
As oneworld alliance partners, members of Qatar Airways Privilege Club and Iberia Plus are recognized for their status with benefits that include access to lounges worldwide, through check-in, extra baggage allowance, check-in and priority boarding, plus mileage accumulation and redemption, through partner airline networks.
Qatar Airways has become the first airline in the world to achieve the prestigious 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating, by Skytrax. This recognition guarantees to all passengers that the health and safety standards of the airlines are subject to the highest possible standards of professional and independent investigation and evaluation.