Qatar Airways is to join oneworld.
Its election as a oneworld member designate was announced on October 8 at a press
conference in New York – home of oneworld’s central alliance management office
– with senior executives of Qatar Airways and the alliance’s established member airlines in attendance.
Qatar Airways is the first of the three major airlines based in the Gulf to sign for any of the global airline alliances. It is also the second largest full service airline in the world not, until today, aligned to one of big global airline alliances.
The Doha-based airline’s implementation into oneworld is expected to take between 12 and 18 months.
The carrier is set to move into a brand new home in 2013 with the opening of the New Doha International Airport, designed to strengthen its position as a premium global hub with an eventual capacity for 50 million passengers a year.
Qatar Airways will be oneworld’s second member airline based in the Middle East, alongside Royal Jordanian, which became the first airline from the region to join any of the global alliances when it joined oneworld in 2007.