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American Airlines Begins Domestic U.S. Codeshare With Qatar Airways



Qatar Airways & American Airlines
Qatar Airways announced today that the first stage of its strategic partnership with American Airlines has begun, Qatar Airways will start codesharing on American Airlines’ domestic flights as an effort to strengthen connectivity and allow more travel options for passengers. The codeshare agreement implementation is being rolled out in phases over the next few weeks, Qatar Airways will eventually codeshare over 1000 of American Airlines’ domestic flights connecting with its 10 U.S. destinations from the airline’s home and hub in Doha.
Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777-300ER Fleet
Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER Fleet

The first phases of the codeshare will allow Qatar Airways’ passengers able to book travel on American Airlines’ extensive domestic connections via Chicago (ORD) and Dallas (DFW) to 200 cities including Miami (MIA), Houston (IAH), Atlanta (ATL), Detroit (DTW), Minneapolis/St.Paul (MSP), Seattle (SEA), and San Francisco (SFO). Additional cities, including destinations in Central America, and the Caribbean will be added, subject to government approvals.

American Airlines Livery
American Airlines Livery

“This codeshare is just the first step in renewing our long-term strategic partnership with American Airlines. The rollout of this domestic codeshare demonstrates our airlines are confident about the future and during this difficult time we continue to focus on how we can enhance the customer experience for our millions of passengers. As two of the strongest airlines in the world, I have no doubt that we will overcome the current challenge and be well-positioned to continue providing our passengers with the reliable, safe and award-winning service that they have come to trust from us.”

Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Simon Talling-Smith

Further expansion of the strategic partnership will allow Qatar Airways to codeshare on American’s international flights to North, Central and South America as well and even Europe. American Airlines can also codeshare on Qatar Airways flights between the U.S. and Qatar and beyond to various destinations in the Middle-East, Africa and Asia.

“We are pleased that we’ve reached this important milestone with Qatar Airways. We look forward to welcoming Qatar Airways passengers throughout our domestic network as we continue to focus on the wellbeing of our customers, team members and the communities we serve during this uncertain time. This is just the beginning of a strong partnership and we have a very bright future ahead of us.”

American Airlines Senior Vice President of Network Strategy, Vasu Raja

Qatar Airways and American Airlines, both members of the Oneworld alliance, will continue to explore the opportunity for American Airlines to operate flights to Doha, Qatar, and the possibility of joint commercial and operational initiatives to further strengthen this renewed partnership.

Qatar Airways has been maintaining 24/7 operations in recent months, and they have been continuously operating about 150 scheduled weekly flights to over 30 destinations.

Cabin Crews Wearing PPE Onboard
Cabin Crews Wearing PPE Onboard

The airline recently announced plans to gradually rebuild its network in line with passenger demand evolution and the expected relaxation of entry restrictions around the world. By the end of June, Qatar Airways plans to began restore its network with up to 80 destinations.

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Emirates To Resume Flights To Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Harare and Mauritius, Boosting Global Network To 92 Destinations



Emirates Boeing777-300er

Emirates has announced on 24 September 2020 that it will resume flights to Johannesburg (1 October), Cape Town (1 October), Durban (4 October) in South Africa; Harare in Zimbabwe (1 October); and Mauritius (3 October). The addition of the five points will expand the Emirates’ global network to 92 destinations, as the airline gradually resumes its operations while prioritising the safety of its customers, crew and the communities it serves around the world. 

Emirates’ African network will also now extend to 19 cities.

Customers flying in and out of Emirates’ three South African gateways can safely connect to Dubai and to an array of onwards connections to Europe, the Far East, Middle East, West Asia and Australasia.

  • Johannesburg (1 October) in South Africa;
  • Cape Town (1 October) in South Africa;
  • Durban (4 October) in South Africa;
  • Harare in Zimbabwe (1 October); 
  • Mauritius (3 October).

Emirates will operate to Harare with two weekly flights linked to its Lusaka service. The linked services will connect Zambia and Zimbabwe to key destinations across Europe, the Far East, the Americas, Australasia and West Asia with one convenient stop in Dubai.

Flights from Dubai to Mauritius will initially operate once a week on Saturdays, supporting the Mauritian government’s repatriation efforts to bring its citizens home, and enabling the recovery of the country’s tourism industry by safely connecting leisure travellers from Europe, the Far East and the Middle East to the popular Indian Ocean island destination. 

Customers can stop over or travel to Dubai as the city has re-opened for international business and leisure visitors. Ensuring the safety of travellers, visitors, and the community, COVID-19 PCR tests are mandatory for all inbound and transit passengers arriving to Dubai (and the UAE), including UAE citizens, residents and tourists, irrespective of the country they are coming from.

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