Remember the US vs the ME3? Perhaps the wind has changed direction. Al Baker’s interest in buying into American was rebuffed. Yet here we are, we have a deal without equity, for now. One wonder’s if Delta’s move with LAN has created such a market upset that pushed American into its recent deals to shore up and protect its interests? How did American get over “past issues” so quietly and quickly? Priorities have clearly changed.
“Qatar Airways has signed a significant codeshare agreement with American Airlines in a move that will increase commercial cooperation, bolster connectivity and create hundreds of new travel options for millions of customers. The new agreement will establish a partnership at a global level between two of the world’s most connected airlines, linking some of the largest airport hubs in the US to Hamad International Airport in Doha, voted the Middle East’s best hub and holder of a place in the world’s top five airports for the last three years.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “We are very pleased to
secure this strategic partnership with American Airlines – an agreement between two successful and
ambitious airlines with a shared common purpose to enhance the customer experience. The deal will bring
together two of the world’s largest airline networks, increasing choices for millions of passengers and
providing seamless connectivity to a significant number of new destinations, in line with Qatar Airways’
successful growth strategy.
“We have moved on from past issues and look forward to working closely with American Airlines to build a
world-leading partnership for all our customers. This agreement will harness our complementary strengths
and resources and enable more customers to experience Qatar Airways’ award-winning product quality.”
“Our goal is to continue to expand and deepen global partnerships to complement American’s network and
create more choice for our customers,” said American’s Chairman and CEO Doug Parker. “The issues that
led to the suspension of our partnership two years ago have been addressed and we believe resuming our
codeshare agreement will allow us to provide service to markets that our customers, team members and
shareholders value, including new growth opportunities for American Airlines. We look forward to the
renewed cooperation between our airlines and hope to build an even stronger relationship with Qatar
Airways over time.
Following the reactivation of the codeshare, both airlines will also explore the opportunity for American
Airlines to operate flights between the USA and Qatar, along with a number of joint commercial and
operational initiatives to further strengthen this renewed partnership.”