AviationNew agreement will establish a partnership at a global level

Friends again, Qatar, AA sign new deal

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Flying united: Qatar Airways and American Airlines.
Flying united: Qatar Airways and American Airlines.

DOHA - Qatar Airways and American Airlines have put past differences aside in signing a codeshare agreement two years after the suspension of their previous partnership.

The issues that led to the suspension of our partnership two years ago have been addressed, and we believe resuming our codeshare agreement will allow us to provide service to markets that our customers, team members and shareholders value, including new growth opportunities for American Airlines,– American chairman and CEO Doug Parker

Both Oneworld alliance members American ended the relationship with Qatar in 2017 amid the long-running dispute between US and Gulf carriers over allegations of Open Skies violations.

While the carriers ultimately came to an agreement over that issue, it was reignited when Air Italy, in which Qatar had a 49% stake, began expanding its service to the US. However, Air Italy entered liquidation earlier this month.

“The issues that led to the suspension of our partnership two years ago have been addressed, and we believe resuming our codeshare agreement will allow us to provide service to markets that our customers, team members and shareholders value, including new growth opportunities for American Airlines,” American chairman and CEO Doug Parker said in a statement. “

The new agreement will establish a partnership at a global level between two of the world’s most connected airlines, linking some of the largest airport hubs in the US to Hamad International Airport in Doha.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said, “We have moved on from past issues and look forward to working closely with American Airlines to build a world-leading partnership for all our customers.”

The codeshare agreement with American Airlines will allow Qatar Airways’ passengers to travel on AA domestic flights departing Boston,  Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Philadelphia, as well as on AA international flights to and from Europe, the Caribbean, Central and South America.*

American Airlines passengers will be able to book travel on all Qatar Airways flights between the US and Qatar and beyond to a range of destinations in the Middle-East, East Africa, South Asia, the Indian Ocean and South East Asia.

Both airlines will also explore the opportunity for American Airlines to operate flights between the USA and Qatar.

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