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Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways signs strategic agreement

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ETW Staff- Mumbai

Cathay Pacific Airways and Qatar Airways, members of the oneworld alliance, has announced a strategic agreement on services operated by both airlines between Hong Kong and Doha, effective March 30, 2014. Sales will commence on February 25, 2014.

The agreement between the two airlines is expected to generate a wide range of benefits for customers. Under the new agreement, Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways will each operate one flight between Hong Kong and Qatar daily, offering premium products and services to passengers travelling to and from the two cities.

John Slosar, chief executive, Cathay Pacific, said, “Cathay Pacific has a strong commitment to serving the Middle East and we are pleased to enter into this agreement with oneworld partner Qatar Airways, and at the same time launch our own new service to Doha. This exciting business opportunity will help us maximise the potential of the market between Qatar and Hong Kong and enable both airlines to create synergies that will improve the overall travel experience for our customers.”

Cathay Pacific makes its debut on the Doha route on March 30, 2013, launching a daily service using Airbus A330-300 aircraft with a three-class configuration.

Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways, said, “Qatar Airways is delighted to extend our oneworld partnership with Cathay Pacific with this new initiative as it will offer our passengers the opportunity to enjoy an even greater range of five-star benefits. The advantages of this agreement, such as premium lounge access and extra baggage allowances, reflect our ongoing commitment to ensure that we offer the highest standard of in-flight experience.”

The new agreement will give customers of both airlines more opportunities to earn and redeem frequent flyer points or miles. Top-tier members from Cathay Pacific’s The Marco Polo Club and Qatar Airways’ The Privilege Club will enjoy reciprocal benefits when travelling on flights between Hong Kong and Qatar, including lounge access, extra baggage allowances, priority boarding and many other priority services.