Qatar Airways joins airlines allianceBy SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
The Associated Press | October 09,2012AP PHOTO
American Airlines pilot Sam Mayer pickets in front of a hotel where American Airlines CEO Tom Horton held a meeting with reporters, in New York, Monday.NEW YORK — Qatar Airways is joining an alliance of airlines including American Airlines, British Airways and nine other carriers that coordinate routes and allow passengers to earn frequent flier miles on each other’s flights.
The inclusion in the oneworld alliance — aimed at allowing passengers to hop around the globe easier — signals the growing importance of Persian Gulf carriers such as Doha-based Qatar.
“Alliances are playing an increasingly important role in the airline industry today — and that will continue long into the future,” Qatar’s CEO Akbar Al Baker said in a statement.
It will take 12 to 18 months for Qatar to join the alliance. The oneworld alliance competes with SkyTeam, a group of airlines including Delta Air Line, and the Star Alliance, which includes United Airlines and US Airways.
Frequent business travelers like alliances because they are able to earn and redeem frequent flier miles with the partners, use alliance airport lounges and book complicated trips on one itinerary. A flier could travel on a Cathay Pacific, British Airways or Iberia flight and earn American Airlines miles for those flights.
Another rapidly expanding Gulf carrier, Etihad Airways, announced earlier Monday that it will start jointly marketing some of its flights with Air France-KLM, part of SkyTeam.
The deals, known as codeshares, allow passengers to buy a single ticket to fly on multiple airlines and are common in the airline industry. Carriers can expand their reach without having to launch or acquire the right to operate additional routes. For example, American Airlines and Iberia can sell tickets on a flight operated by British Airways as if the flight was their own.
The third big Gulf carrier, Dubai-based Emirates, recently signed a 10-year deal with Australia’s Qantas Airways. That spelled the end of a long-term relationship between the Australian carrier and British Airways.
Eithad and Emirates have yet to join one of the big three alliances. The inclusion of Qatar in oneworld helps put the airline — which isn’t well known in North America — on the map on the continent.
American’s pilots, however, aren’t happy about the deal.
They are in a nasty contract dispute with the company as it restructures in federal bankruptcy court. They picketed Monday’s event saying partnerships like the new one with Qatar are costing them jobs.
“It’s cutting in on our flying and our jobs,” said Capt. John Diacsuk. “How do you maintain morale at a company where everybody is getting pink slips.”MORE IN National / World BusinessWASHINGTON — More Americans signed contracts to purchase homes in May, as pending sales climbed... Full StoryWASHINGTON — The issue of climate change and steps to slow its progress are expected to dominate... Full StoryLast summer, a group of Vermont business investors and advisers went on a motorcycle tour of the... Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day 1739, 'Richard Palmer' identified in prison at York Castle as the notorious outlaw DICK TURPIN; IN 1836, Battle of the Alamo begins near San Antonio de Bexar, Texas; 1896, the Tootsie Roll invented by LEO HIRSCHFELD.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1472, Orkney, Shetland islands put up as collateral by Norway to Scotland in lieu of dowry for MARGARET OF DENMARK on her marriage with JAMES III, king of Scotland; 1962, JOHN GLENN first American to orbit Earth.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City mayoral candidates debate campaign issues; Hartford, Conn., woman still missing; Neal Goswami reports attempts to legislate suicide; local woman loses 100 pounds through TOPS program.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1878, JOHN TUNSTALL murdered near Lincoln, New Mexico, by the outlaw JESSE EVANS; in 1930, ELM FARM OLLIE first cow to fly in aircraft, first to be milked airborne; 1955, nuke test WASP; '79, snow in Sahara.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Rutland Herald News Editor Alan J. Keays and staff writer Gordon Dritschilo discuss stories planned for the February 18, 2015, edition of the newspaper: Winter budgets maxed, legal marijuana, Springfield bank job, USPS slowdown
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1249 AD, ANDRE of LONGJUMEAU is dispatched by LOUIS IX of France to meet the KHAGAN, ruler of the Mongol Empire; in 1804, during 1st Barbary War, STEPHEN DECATUR scuttles the pirate-held USS Philadelphia in Tripoli.