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American, Qatar forge codeshare plan

American Airlines and Qatar Airways have inked a deal to codeshare on services, with their combined network opening up growth opportunities for American in the Middle East and for Qatar in the US.

The agreement, subject to government approval, will see the carriers codeshare on nonstop flights between the US and Doha, flights from European gateways and those to cities in the US and beyond Doha.

In addition, they will work together to improve flight schedules and connection times in an effort to offer "more seamless choices" to their customers.

Frequent flyers will also be able to earn miles on the codeshare flights under the new arrangement.

American's vice president strategic alliances Kurt Stache said the relationship would provide its customers with easy access when travelling to and from the Middle East and beyond.

"This new codeshare relationship with Qatar is another example of how American is focused on building its global network through closer coordination with its alliance partners around the world," he said.

Bookings will open from February 10 for travel from February 26.

Meanwhile, Qatar has also revealed it is eyeing a stake in CSA Czech Airlines.

Chief executive Akbar Al Baker told reporters in Doha that it is gathering data from banks and other parties involved in the Czech airline's privatisation, but stressed that it had not engaged in talks as yet.

He added Qatar would only consider a minority stake.

 

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