Qatar Airways has announced a code-share partnership with Vueling Airlines, offering passengers enhanced travel across Europe from Thursday.
Qatar Airways passengers can now connect to 67 popular routes of Vueling Airlines’ extensive network. Vueling Airlines flies to 24 destinations in Spain, 16 in Italy, and four in Portugal, in addition to a number of destinations in France, Croatia, Germany, Malta, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic.
The new partnership will allow seamless connectivity via the airlines’ common gateways of Barcelona El Prat and Rome Fiumicino. Qatar Airways operates double-daily flights between both cities and its state-of-the-art hub, Hamad International Airport in Doha, linking Vueling Airlines’ European network with Qatar Airways’ global network of more than 150 destinations.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar al-Baker said: “Our new code-share agreement with Vueling Airlines will allow even greater opportunities for passengers across Europe to connect to the global Qatar Airways network.
“Code-share partnerships and airline alliances continue to play an important role for Qatar Airways. The further addition of these code-share routes will offer an enhanced and unrivalled global network and improves our competitive offering.”
Vueling Airlines’ chairman and CEO, Javier Sánchez-Prieto, said: “There are increasingly closer ties between Qatar Airways and Vueling, and this agreement will enable passengers from both airlines to benefit from the flexibility and convenience provided by the code-share on different European and Middle Eastern routes.”
Qatar Airways Business Class customers will be able to enjoy the comfort of Vueling Airlines Excellence Class, with fast-track security, access to premium lounges and priority boarding and seating. The benefits also extend to frequent fliers with Qatar Airways Privilege Club members eligible to earn Qmiles on Vueling Airline code-share flights.
The new code-share agreement, which builds upon the interline agreement signed between the two carriers in October 2014, is effective immediately and bookings can be made via Qatar Airways from today.
Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 19th year of operations, the airline operates a modern fleet of 190 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.
This year, travellers will continue to see Qatar Airways expand its global reach, with over a dozen new destinations to explore. So far in 2016, the airline has launched routes to Los Angeles (US), Ras Al Khaimah (UAE), Sydney (Australia), Boston (US), Birmingham (UK), Adelaide (Australia), Yerevan (Armenia), Atlanta (US), Marrakech (Morocco) and Pisa (Italy). New routes including Windhoek (Namibia), Helsinki (Finland), Krabi (Thailand), and Seychelles will follow later in the year.
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