Iberia joins British Airways And Qatar Airways to enhance global connectivity

Iberia, the national carrier of Spain, is set to join forces with British Airways and Qatar Airways with the aim of expanding global connectivity and enhancing travel for passengers worldwide.

The collaboration will create connectivity across the extensive network of more than 200 destinations served by the three global airlines. Currently Qatar Airways and British Airways have established a partnership covering more than 60 countries,

Starting from December 11, 2023, Iberia will operate daily flights between its hub, Madrid Barajas International Airport, and Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. This addition will significantly boost capacity between the two oneworld hubs, offering passengers enhanced travel options. Iberia and Qatar Airways will operate a combined total of three daily flights on this route, enhancing access between the Iberian Peninsula and vital markets in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Australia.

The benefits of this joint business venture extend to both leisure and business travellers from Spain and Portugal, offering them an array of exciting new destinations to explore. From idyllic getaways in the Maldives and Seychelles to adventurous experiences in Tanzania and Nepal, cultural holidays in India and Oman, shopping in Singapore and Thailand, or visiting friends and family in Australia and Hong Kong-these destinations will be more accessible than ever before.

Iberia CEO, Fernando Candela, commented: ‘Joining the QJB with Qatar Airways and British Airways is excellent news for our customers. We are really excited about the launch of our Madrid-Doha route. Through QJB hubs in London and Doha, we are building the much-desired bridge between Spain and more than 200 destinations in Asia, Australasia, the Middle-East, and Africa, and offering new opportunities for travelers in both directions.’

British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, Sean Doyle, said: ‘Last year we expanded our joint business partnership with Qatar Airways with the addition of 42 countries, and I’m so pleased to see it growing even further as we welcome Iberia on board. We’re committed to offering our customers as much choice as possible, and working so closely with our partners in Madrid and Doha connects British Airways to more than 200 destinations globally.’

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker added: ‘At Qatar Airways, we believe in connecting travellers to their destinations of choice and our recent enhancement to the highly successful joint business with British Airways, includes the addition of another oneworld member, Iberia.’

Qatar Airways resumes operations at Birmingham Airport

Qatar Airways has announced the resumption of daily flights to and from Birmingham Airport and Qatar’s network, reaffirming its commitment to the UK.

The airline will operate daily flights throughout the summer season using a Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner aircraft with a seating capacity of 254, including 22 Business Class and 232 Economy Class seats. This move aligns with Qatar Airways’ global expansion plans, as it aims to return to 10 destinations and add four new routes across two continents by the end of 2023.

The resumption of services from Birmingham allows people in the Midlands region to access Qatar Airways’ premium services, enabling them to visit friends and family abroad, explore various destinations worldwide, and take advantage of the airline’s sports packages. Additionally, as part of its partnership with Formula 1, Qatar Airways now offers exclusive travel packages to the Qatar Grand Prix in October, providing customers with combined flights, accommodation, gourmet hospitality, and event access.

Gary Kershaw, UK & Ireland Country Manager, Qatar Airways, said, ‘We’re delighted to mark our return to Birmingham Airport, particularly on the eve of the British Grand Prix as Qatar Airways celebrates its first year as a Global Partner of Formula 1.

‘Birmingham is one of the most exciting, vibrant and historic cities in the UK and we have long held a special affection for the people of this city and the Midlands region. We are proud to have played a part in bringing them to visit family and friends or conduct business abroad, as well as attend weddings and reunions all over the world.

‘As our fifth UK gateway, our return to Birmingham signals Qatar Airways’ strong commitment to the UK and reaffirms the positive relationship between the UK and Qatar. We’re looking forward to offering our customers in the Midlands region even easier access to our award-winning onboard product and service and our vast global network, via the Middle East’s Best Airport, Hamad International Airport in Doha.’

Nick Barton, Chief Executive, Birmingham Airport, said, ‘We are thrilled to see Qatar Airways back here in the West Midlands, a region currently on a strong trajectory of growth. We are home to six million people contributing to an economy the size of Hungary’s and currently boasting Britain’s strongest foreign direct investment and job creation performance outside London and the Southeast.

‘Daily flights to and from Doha will be well subscribed by customers travelling for business, leisure and family purposes. While for some Doha, with its iconic Hamad International Airport, is a destination in and of itself, others will head on to destinations in Qatar Airways’ impressive global network, which includes Australasia, Africa, Asia, North and South America.’

Qatar Airways and British Airways partners with IndusInd Bank to launch new credit card

Qatar Airways Privilege Club, British Airways Executive Club and IndusInd Bank have announced a new partnership, to introduce a unique multi-branded credit card powered by Visa.

A first-of-its-kind initiative, the multi-branded credit card is expected to be launched in the first quarter of the financial year 2023 – 2024. Under the arrangement, members will be able to collect Avios, the rewards currency for British Airways Executive Club and Qatar Airways Privilege Club, by signing up and choosing their preferred loyalty programme.

This credit card will be available in the Infinite variant of Visa, and will offer rewards, multiple benefits for frequent travellers, and will give customers the flexibility to choose their preferred airline loyalty programme and select their preferred travel destination to collect maximum Avios.

Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Thierry Antinori, said: ‘Today Qatar Airways Privilege Club takes another step forward in providing our members with the best offerings in the industry, introducing a first-of-its-kind Visa multi-branded credit card, in India with IndusInd Bank.

‘When adopting Avios as our rewards currency, we promised members that new and exciting opportunities would come, this collaboration with oneworld partner British Airways is another manifestation of this. We look forward to seeing our members in India availing the extensive benefits of this new partnership, which is designed to enhance their future travels.’

Oliver Currell, Head of Financial Partnerships, IAG Loyalty, said: ‘We are delighted to launch the new British Airways and Qatar Airways credit card with IndusInd Bank; a unique multibrand credit card. The Avios currency will give Indian consumers great value rewards and opportunities to do more when it comes to global travel and experiences.’

Commenting on the initiative, Soumitra Sen, Head – Consumer Banking & Marketing, IndusInd Bank, said, ‘IndusInd Bank has always been a pioneer in bringing forth some of the most innovative propositions through its array of banking solutions and suite of credit cards. We are now delighted to collaborate with Qatar Airways and British Airways, to launch this multi-branded credit card, that aims to transform the way India travels. A credit card thoughtfully designed to meet the expectations of discerning travellers with a value proposition curated around travel and bespoke offerings. With this credit card, our aim is to shift the power of choice completely into the hands of the customers.’

Qatar Airways enhances passenger experience at London Heathrow Terminal 4

Qatar Airways is looking to enhance its passenger experience at London Heathrow Terminal 4, with a new Frequent Flyer Lounge, as well as with the reopening of its Premium Lounge.

Situated in Terminal 4, the Frequent Flyer lounge is open to Qatar Airways Privilege Club members, with access available to Joint Business Partners like British Airways Executive Club members, and other oneworld Alliance loyalty members. Eligible customers can indulge in a menu comprising of a hot and cold buffet selection and a range of beverages.

Qatar Airways’ Premium Lounge in Terminal 4 has also recently reopened its doors to Qatar Airways First and Business Class passengers. The premium lounge features a martini bar, a dedicated family area, prayer room and diverse dining options including a full buffet and an a la carte menu both for fine and casual dining.

In addition, Qatar Airways has introduced a new enclosed Premium Check-in Area exclusively for its First and Business Class customers. Within the check-in lobby area, customers may relax in the lounge with beverages while check-in formalities are completed.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: ‘We are proud to be opening our first Frequent Flyer lounge outside of Doha, offering passengers across the oneworld Alliance network an oasis of calm and comfort in one of the world’s busiest airports. Qatar Airways is committed to serving passengers travelling from Heathrow with world-class facilities, and we hope that they will enjoy the warm Qatari hospitality offered at the Premium Lounge, FFP Lounge and the dedicated Premium Check-in area.’

To meet the increased demand for international travel, Qatar Airways operates to more than 150 destinations worldwide, connecting through its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport. Qatar Airways offers UK passengers a wide range of destinations on the airline’s global network, including Australia, Thailand, India, the Maldives and the Philippines.

Qatar Airways currently operates from four UK airports, which includes five daily flights from London Heathrow increasing to six daily flights from London Gatwick, up to three daily flights from Manchester, and a daily service from Edinburgh. In addition to the UK frequencies, the airline operates to Dublin with 11 weekly flights.

Qatar Airways to resume flights to London Gatwick

Qatar Airways has recently announced that it will resume flights to London Gatwick Airport from June 5, 2022.

The airline will operate a daily service from Gatwick to Doha using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class. An environmentally advanced aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner consumes 20 per cent less fuel and its carbon dioxide emissions are 20 per cent lower than other similar aircraft.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: ‘Our commitment to the UK market has been unwavering and we operated continuously and reliably throughout the pandemic, so I am pleased we can resume our popular service to London Gatwick. We offer excellent connectivity to and from the UK, providing travellers with more choice and convenience.

‘This year is very special for us, not least as it is the 25th anniversary of the start of our flights to London Heathrow in March 1997.’

With the addition of daily flights to London Gatwick, passengers can now enjoy connectivity to almost 150 destinations across the airline’s extensive global network via Hamad International Airport, connecting with popular destinations across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia.

The resumption of the London Gatwick service comes after the recently launched flights to Doha from Gatwick by Qatar Airways’ Joint Business partner British Airways, meaning the airlines can now jointly offer more options between London and Doha and beyond.

In addition, UK customers will now have access to four gateways including five-times daily services from London Heathrow, 18-times weekly from Manchester and four-times weekly from Edinburgh, increasing to daily from June 2.

Qatar Airways commences direct service from Doha to Cardiff

Qatar Airways has commenced its first ever service from Doha to Cardiff Airport, marking the start of a new direct route between Wales and the Middle East.

The inaugural flight took off on May 1, from Hamad International Airport, Doha, operated on the latest Airbus A350-900. The regular service will now operate on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which offers a two-class configuration including 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class. The new service to Qatar will link Wales and the South West of England to global markets across the world including Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Asia.

The Qatar Airways flight will depart, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from Doha at 07:25, arriving Cardiff at 12:50; and on return, depart from Cardiff at 15:55 arriving Doha at 00:45 (+1). On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the flight will depart Doha at 01:15, arriving Cardiff at 06:40; and on return; departing Cardiff at 08:10 and arriving Doha at 17:00 hours.

Roger Lewis, Chairman of Cardiff Airport, said: ‘This is a pivotal moment for Cardiff Airport, for Wales and the South West of England. The far reaching consequences of this service for passengers and businesses will be transformational.

‘I sincerely thank H.E., Mr. Akbar Al Baker, for the trust he and Qatar Airways are placing in us. I am confident that the team at Cardiff Airport will deliver a world-class service with Qatar Airways for all of our passengers both visiting Wales and those travelling across the world.

‘The critically important relationship between Qatar, Wales and the United Kingdom is substantially strengthened today.’

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome the first Qatar Airways flight from Doha to our capital city, Cardiff.

‘The new direct service between Cardiff and Doha is a huge boost for Wales. It will open up Wales’ links with the rest of the world and deliver new economic, leisure and travel opportunities for Welsh businesses and the people of Wales.

‘Providing a direct route into the world’s fastest growing hub airport, Hamad International, will also bring Wales closer to leading global markets such as India, China, Singapore and Australasia.’

Qatar Airways to launch new Doha-Cardiff route this summer

Qatar Airways is set to commence a new year-round service from Doha to Cardiff starting this summer.

Effective from May 1, 2018, Qatar Airways will be the first airline to offer daily flights between Doha and Cardiff, offering connecting services between the Welsh capital and other destinations globally via Qatar Airways’ network. The new route will be inaugurated using the latest Airbus A350-900 aircraft, and will later be served using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: ‘The launch of our new service to Cardiff is a major milestone for Qatar Airways. It makes sense that the inaugural flight that welcomes Qatar Airways to Wales is on the A350-900, as the wings of this very plane are built at the Airbus plant in Broughton, North Wales. The new service will connect the Welsh people with more destinations globally and provide them the opportunity to experience our unparalleled five-star service. We look forward to welcoming our new passengers on board and to connecting them to Doha and points beyond.’

Deb Barber, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff Airport, added: ‘On behalf of the team at Cardiff Airport, I am immensely proud that world-class airline Qatar Airways has recognised the potential that exists within the region and chosen Cardiff Airport to operate a regular service to Doha from May 1st. The service opens up a world of connectivity for our customers in Wales and South West England to destinations across Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Asia and beyond.

‘I am also very excited that Qatar Airways has chosen to mark the inaugural flight with the use of the A350-900. This is fantastic recognition of the aircraft’s links with Wales and the engineering prowess that we have here, and we very much look forward to welcoming this stunning aircraft to Cardiff Airport as part of the huge celebration when the new route begins in just a few weeks’ time.’

The new service will depart Cardiff at 15:55 hours, arriving Doha at 00:45 (+1) on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On return, the flight will depart Doha at 07:25 hours, arriving Qatar at 12:50 hours on these days. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the flight will depart Cardiff at 18:10 hours, arriving Doha at 17:00 hours; on return, the flight will depart Doha at 01:15 hours and arriving Cardiff at 06:40 hours.

Following the inaugural flight, the new service between Doha and Cardiff will be served by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner that features 22 seats in Business Class, offering passengers direct aisle access with its 1-2-1 configuration, and 232 seats in Economy Class.

Qatar Airways currently serves London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, and Edinburgh, with services to London Gatwick to commence on May 22, 2018.

Gatwick adds new double daily service to Qatar, expands service on transatlantic routes

London Gatwick is planning to increase the global connectivity it provides for passengers with the introduction of a new route to Qatar operated by Qatar Airways, starting May 2018.

In addition, Norwegian has announced plans to offer passengers more choice with additional frequencies, on transatlantic routes, adding 150,000 extra seats from Gatwick this summer. The airline also starts new routes to Austin and Chicago this March – adding to its new Buenos Aires service that was launched in February.

Gatwick Airport Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Qatar Airways – one of the world’s premier airlines – to Gatwick for this exciting new double-daily service to Doha. Our existing airlines are also providing even more choice for passengers with Norwegian starting routes to Austin and Chicago this month while also adding 150,000 extra seats on their transatlantic services from Gatwick this summer.’

Gatwick, which was named London Airport of the Year at the London Transport Awards in February, registered its 60th month of consecutive growth in February. The airport marked five full years of month-on-month growth as 3.0 million passengers travelled through last month, an increase of 0.7 per cent compared to 2017.

Commenting on the continued growth at the airport, Wingate said: ‘Our February traffic figures mark five consecutive years of growth and during this time Gatwick has been transformed by our ongoing GBP2.7 billion investment programme. Our passengers now have a wealth of choice through an extensive route network – including over 60 long haul routes – a variety of airlines plus world-class airport facilities.’

‘February’s passenger figures are the latest demonstration of Gatwick’s importance as a vital piece of UK infrastructure providing global connectivity at a time when the country needs it most. We have exciting plans for growth maximising the use of our existing facilities whilst we also offer the country the prospect of a financeable and deliverable new runway scheme,’ he added.

Qatar Airways announces direct non-stop daily service from Doha to Dublin

Qatar Airways has announced that it will operate daily non-stop flights between Doha and Dublin, the capital of the Ireland, commencing June 12, 2017.

Dublin serves as the gateway to all of Ireland. The city’s key attractions include St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle, and the famed Wicklow Mountains.

Starting June 12, 2017 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, the new Qatar Airways’ flights will depart from Doha at 01.25 hours arriving Dublin at 07.25 hours. The return flights will depart from Dublin at 08.50 hours to arrive Doha at 18.05 hours. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays, the flight will leave Doha at 07.20 hours arriving Dublin at 13.20 hours, with return flights leaving Dublin at 15.25 hours to arrive Doha at 00:40+1.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: ‘Qatar Airways has seen unprecedented growth in recent times and continues to launch new destinations on our global route map, enhancing connectivity for our passengers from around the world. The launch of flights to Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is an exciting addition to our network and I am confident that business and leisure passengers will benefit from our Boeing 787 Dreamliner service and smooth onward connections through our home and hub, Hamad International Airport.’

Dublin Airport Managing Director Mr. Vincent Harrison said, ‘We look forward to welcoming the new daily Doha service from June and to working closely with Qatar Airways to promote the route. This service will bring extra choice and convenience for passengers and will also add Dublin and Ireland to Qatar’s growing global network.’

Qatar Airways’ new direct non-stop flight to the Irish capital will be operated on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Business class is configured in a 1-2-1 layout with 22 seats, while economy has 232 seats in a 3-3-3 layout. All seats feature individual television screens and on board WIFI, with business class seats reclining into a fully flat bed.

Passengers flying from Dublin can have a quick transfer at Hamad International Airport to travel to more than 150 destinations on Qatar Airways’ global network. Qatar Airways has opened 13 new destinations in 2016 so far. The new cities added this year are Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles in the United States; Birmingham, U.K.; Helsinki, Finland; Pisa, Italy; Marrakech, Morocco; Ras Al Khaimah, UAE; Windhoek, Namibia; Sydney and Adelaide in Australia; Krabi in Thailand a return to the Seychelles on December 12.

Qatar Airways announces launch of Birmingham-Doha route from March 2016

Birmingham Airport and Qatar Airways have announced plans to launch a new service between Birmingham and Doha starting March 30, 2016.

With eight flights a week, including two flights on Saturdays, the new route offers passengers travelling to and from Birmingham a greater choice and convenience of seamless transfers at the airline’s state-of-the-art hub Hamad International Airport. Birmingham, the centre for the largest concentration of businesses outside of London with nearly 34,285 companies including over 700 international firms, is expected to benefit significantly with the new service.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said: ‘We are delighted to announce Birmingham as Qatar Airways’ fourth destination in the United Kingdom from March 2016. This additional route strengthens Qatar Airways’ commitment to the regions across the UK and will create new commercial and leisure links between the city of Birmingham and the 152 destinations served by the airline.’

Birmingham Airport Chief Executive Officer, Paul Kehoe said: ‘This is fantastic news for both Birmingham Airport and the region, and is our tenth new airline to announce or launch this year. Not only will our passengers have the choice of flying with the award winning carrier to Doha’s state-of-the-art hub Hamad International Airport, they will have a choice of 152 destinations served by the airline, including South East Asia, China and Australasia.’

The route will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner which has a two-cabin configuration, comprising of 22 seats in Business Class and 232 Economy Class seats. All seats have individual television screens, offering the latest in-flight entertainment with nearly 2,000 options. In Business Class, every seat is an aisle seat where passengers can catch up on sleep in a fully-flat bed or utilise the work surface area. Passengers can also stay connected while travelling with the option of Wi-Fi, which is available throughout the aircraft.

The departure times in both directions offer onward connections to 152 key business and leisure destinations across Qatar Airways’ global network. Passengers can also benefit from reduced journey times from Birmingham through to Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Africa with cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangkok and Hong Kong.