As Alaska Airlines emerges from recent pandemic slowdowns it is vastly expanding its global reach in this new era with oneworld partners. To that end, it is launching a codeshare agreement this week with Qatar Airways, also a member of the alliance, to further strengthen the connection between the two airlines and offer travelers some interesting and convenient options they may not have had the chance to consider in the past.
Beginning July 1, the agreement allows passengers on Qatar Airways to book travel and easily connect to more than 150 routes throughout Alaska’s network. On the West Coast, Qatar Airways has nonstop service connecting its main hub in Doha to three of Alaska’s primary gateway cities: Los Angeles with twice daily flights, and daily flights at San Francisco and Seattle – allowing for seamless connectivity.
“As international air travel resumes, it’s important to provide our guests with easier, more convenient travel options to get out and see distant places again. Qatar Airways’ nonstop flights from our hubs in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles to Doha and points beyond offers our guests tremendous opportunities to visit nearly any country they want,” said Ben Minicucci, Alaska Air Group CEO.
Alaska launched its partnership with Qatar Airways on Dec. 15, 2020, with the ability for our Mileage Plan members to earn miles on Qatar Airways flights. On March 31, 2021, Alaska officially joined oneworld and expanded its partnership with Qatar Airways to provide elite benefits reciprocally, including preferred seat selection; priority check-in, security and boarding; lounge access and extra baggage allowance. Qatar Airways has been a member of oneworld since 2013.
In the coming months, Alaska’s guests will be able to book travel on Qatar Airways flights between the U.S. and Qatar and beyond to destinations in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.
“This agreement, combined with our existing partnerships, will help consolidate our presence in the region and provide Qatar Airways passengers travelling to and from our 12 U.S. gateways with access to the most comprehensive network of seamless connections across the United States,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker.
Alaska is the newest member of the oneworld global alliance, which now allows their customers to fly to as many as 1,000 destinations around the world. Flyers can also earn and redeem miles with Alaska’s Mileage Plan program to fly on more than 20 oneworld and airline partners.