Qatar Airways, Japan Airlines in code share pact

June 24, 2014
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Qatar Airways commenced flights to its third route into Japan, alongside Osaka and Tokyo Narita International Airport, when it launched the new route to Tokyo Haneda International Airport with a daily service operating a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft/FILE
Qatar Airways commenced flights to its third route into Japan, alongside Osaka and Tokyo Narita International Airport, when it launched the new route to Tokyo Haneda International Airport with a daily service operating a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 24 – Qatar Airways has announced plans to partner with Japan Airlines from July 12 for an additional five code share domestic routes.

Qatar Airways commenced flights to its third route into Japan, alongside Osaka and Tokyo Narita International Airport, when it launched the new route to Tokyo Haneda International Airport with a daily service operating a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Qatar Airways, which already partners with Japan Airlines on a code share on all three of its international routes into Japan from Doha, Qatar, and six domestic routes, will now be able to offer all its passengers onward connections to a total of eleven domestic cities in Japan, all through one QR airline booking code.

The additional Haneda code share routes are; Osaka – Haneda (ITM-HND), New Chitose – Haneda (CTS-HND), Fukuoka – Haneda (FUK-HND), Okinawa – Haneda (OKA-HND) and Nagoya – Haneda (NGO-HND).

“Alliances and code shares alike are playing an increasingly important role in the airline industry today – and that will continue long into the future. Becoming a member of one world last October was one of the most significant landmarks in Qatar Airways’ history. It has strengthened our competitive offering and the advent of these new code share routes with Japan Airlines will expand travel options even further within our global alliance network,” Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker said.

With the commencement of flights to Tokyo Haneda, the number of flights to Japan rises from 14 to 21 frequencies each week. Tokyo has long been a popular destination for passengers from the Americas, the Middle East and Europe.

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operation, to the point where today it is flying a modern fleet of 134 aircraft to 143 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

Over the next few months, the network will grow further with new routes to Dallas/Fort Worth, USA in July 1 and Djibouti in July 27.

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