Qatar Airways from the Emirate of Qatar is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world. They are working hard to match up with their elder sibling – Emirates. As Emirates has developed a reputation of an airline with a global network, excellent in-air service and brand new aircraft with extra comfortable seats, Qatar is matching up.
Qatar Airways – Global Reach
Qatar Airways flies to close to 100 destinations out of their hub in Doha (DOH, no I am not pretending to be a character out of The Simpsons, that is the airport code). These include three locations in the US – Washington, DC (IAD), New York (JFK) and Houston (IAH); 18 cities in the Indian Subcontinent; one in Australia – Melbourne (MEL); two in South America – Buenos Aires (EZE) and Sao Paulo (GRU) and multiple cities of course, in the Middle East and Africa. Their fleet includes 95 aircraft, including the long range A346’s and B773ER’s, giving them a global reach.
Qatar Airways is celebrating their getting to 100 destinations by giving away 100 pairs of tickets. Click here to register.
Similar to Emirates, they have also decided not to join any airline alliance. They have built a good set of airline partners with whom they have code-share relationships. Their list is not as extensive as Emirates yet, but it is good, extending their global reach across all continents and multiple alliances.
- MEA (of Lebanon)
- Philippine Airlines
- US Airways
They also have a partnership with SCNF, the French National Railways.
Doha International is much smaller than Dubai International (DXB), but it has all the features of Dubai, with a world class terminal and excellent duty free offerrings. They also have a concierge service called Al Maha, just like Dubai’s Marhaba service. Doha is developing to an international hub too, thanks to Qatar Airways growing network. Several travelers from the US traveling to the Indian Subcontinent are picking routes thru Doha (or Dubai on Emirates).
In the Air
I have not had the opportunity to fly on Qatar Airways. If someone has flown them, please share your in-flight experience by leaving a comment below.
I will follow up with an article on their Frequent Flier program – Privilege Club real soon.