Belfast Telegraph

Owner of British Airways announces partnership with Qatar

British Airways' parent company IAG has announced a partnership with Qatar Airways.

The airlines will co-operate on scheduling and pricing across a combined route network serving more than 70 destinations u nder the revenue-sharing deal

The carriers claimed the agreement will lead to passengers having a wider choice of flights, an attractive range of fares and enhanced frequent flyer benefits.

All non-stop flights operated by BA and Qatar between the UK and Doha will be code-shared, meaning both airlines can sell tickets.

Qatar raised its stake in IAG to 20% last month after the shares lost value following the UK's Brexit vote.

IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said: "We are delighted to announce this joint business with Qatar Airways which is one of the world's premier airlines.

"This agreement will benefit customers by giving them access to more destinations through Qatar Airways' extensive network.

"It will also allow us to provide easier journeys with better aligned schedules, more frequencies and improved flight transfers.

"This partnership follows the commercial agreement with IAG Cargo signed two years ago and enhances our relationship with Qatar Airways further."

Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group's chief executive, commented: "British Airways is an airline steeped in history and prestige and we are proud to be partnering with them to offer our passengers an even greater choice of global destinations.

"This partnership brings together two world-class airlines to provide an enhanced operation for our passengers with increased daily flights between London and Doha, greater choice of flight schedules, wider range of fares and improved members benefits."

The partnership will start on October 30.