In a bid to strengthen its network and enhance the traveler experience for its passengers, Qatar Airways (QA) has locked another significant deal.
The national airline has joined hands with India’s largest passenger airline, IndiGo, under a codeshare agreement, which will see QA place its code on IndiGo flights between Doha and Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
QA Group Chief Executive HE Akbar Al Baker and IndiGo Chief Executive Officer Ronojoy Dutta announced the agreement at a media event in New Delhi yesterday.
Sales have already started with the first codeshare flights to operate from December 18 this year.
The agreement forms the first step in strengthening cooperation between the ‘World’s best airline‘ and the ‘Best low-cost airline in India.’
“We are extremely proud to secure this strategic partnership with IndiGo, the largest airline in one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets,” said Al Baker.
“We believe this agreement will be just the first step in strengthening our relationship and we very much look forward to working together to harness our complementary strengths and resources to enhance the travel experience for our passengers around the world,” he noted.
The IndiGo CEO said, “This is a momentous occasion for us, as we sign this codeshare agreement with one of the finest airlines in the world.”
“This strategic alliance will not only strengthen our international operations but also boost economic growth in India, by bringing in more traffic and heralding opportunities for trade and tourism through seamless mobility,” Dutta said.
“We are confident of a successful partnership as we extend our signature on-time, courteous and hassle-free service experience to the passengers of Qatar Airways. These are exciting times for the aviation industry and it is our commitment to remain focused on building one of the best air transportation systems in the world,” he added.
Qatar Airways currently operates 102 weekly flights between Doha and 13 destinations in India, including Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Mumbai, Nagpur, and Thiruvananthapuram.
The airline’s cargo division, Qatar Airways Cargo, currently operates a total of 28 weekly freighters to seven destinations in India.
The top three cargo destinations in India are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahmedabad.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, HIA, to more than 160 destinations worldwide.
The airline recently launched a host of exciting new destinations, namely Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Malta; Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; and Mogadishu, Somalia. The airline also recently added Langkawi, Malaysia, and Gaborone, Botswana to its extensive route network in October 2019 and will add Luanda, Angola in March 2020.
QA was also named ‘Airline of the Year’ for the fifth time by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organization Skytrax.
Earlier this year, QA was also honored with three prestigious 2020 Airline Passenger Experience Association’s (APEX) Passenger Choice Awards.
IndiGo is India’s largest passenger airline with a domestic market share of 47 percent as of August 2019 and is amongst the fastest growing carriers in the world.
IndiGo has a simple philosophy: offer low fares and an on-time, courteous, hassle-free service.
With its fleet of over 240 aircraft, the airline offers almost 1,500 daily flights and connects 60 domestic destinations and 23 international destinations.