Airlines & Airports
|June 24, 2014|
Qatar Airways Reinforces Its Commitment To Japan With Additional Domestic Code Share Agreements
|Qatar Airways is expanding its connectivity into Japan, following its new route launch to Tokyo Haneda International Airport last week, with the announcement that from July 12 it will partner with its fellow oneworld alliance member, Japan Airlines, to an additional five code share domestic routes.|
Just last week, Qatar Airways commenced flights to its third route into Japan, alongside Osaka and Tokyo Narita International Airport, when it launched the new route to Tokyo Haneda International Airport with a daily service operating a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Qatar Airways, which already partners with Japan Airlines on a code share on all three of its international routes into Japan from Doha, Qatar, and six domestic routes, will now be able to offer all of its passengers onward connections to a total of eleven domestic cities in Japan, all through one QR airline booking code.
The additional Haneda code share routes are; Osaka - Haneda (ITM-HND), New Chitose -- Haneda (CTS-HND), Fukuoka -- Haneda (FUK-HND), Okinawa -- Haneda (OKA-HND) and Nagoya -- Haneda (NGO-HND).
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: "Alliances and code shares alike are playing an increasingly important role in the airline industry today -- and that will continue long into the future. Becoming a member of oneworld last October was one of the most significant landmarks in Qatar Airways' history. It has strengthened our competitive offering and the advent of these new code share routes with Japan Airlines will expand travel options even further within our global alliance network."
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner which serves Tokyo Haneda International Airport has a two-cabin configuration, comprising of 22 seats in Business Class and 232 Economy Class seats with a high standard of comfort on board, including individual 10.5-inch television screens for all Economy Class seats and a full complimentary food and beverage service.
The Dreamliner has steadily gained popularity with passengers as it has been introduced to various destinations throughout the airlines' network. With the commencement of flights to Tokyo Haneda, the number of flights to Japan rises from 14 to 21 frequencies each week. Tokyo has long been a popular destination for passengers from the Americas, the Middle East and Europe.
Qatar Airways, the State of Qatar's national airline, has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operation, to the point where today it is flying a modern fleet of 134 aircraft to 143 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.
Over the next few months, the network will grow further with new routes to Dallas/Fort Worth, USA (July 1, 2014) and Djibouti (July 27, 2014).