Qatar Airways unveils first fleet aircraft in livery OneWorld (video)
In a few hours, one of the few 5 star airlines in the world, will officially join the OneWorld alliance. Qatar Airways is the second airline in the Arab countries to join a global alliance after Royal Jordanian.
The other major carriers in the Middle East - Etihad and Emirates - have not considered joining an alliance, but have reached major agreements with major operators. Emirates and Qantas have announced a global partnership and entered into force from April 2013. Etihad has agreements with AirBerlin, Air France-KLM, plus that it has bought shares from several airlines, the latest acquisition being Jat Airways (Air Serbia).
During this day, Qatar Airways held a ceremony to mark its entry into OneWorld. This took place on the new Hamad International airport, which will open soon and will be the new "home" for the Qatari air carrier. At the ceremony, Qatar Airways presented the first aircraft in the OneWorld livery, this being one Boeing 777-300ER, being the first to land at Hamad International Airport. In addition to the aircraft presented, other 3 will receive the oneworld livery, another 777 and two Airbus A320.
With the accession of the air operator Qatar Airways, the OneWorld network will be expanded with over 20 from destinations in five countries such as Ethiopia, Iran, Rwanda, Serbia and Tanzania. In addition, Qatar Airways flies to 130 from destinations in 70 from countries in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia and Australia, offering a more flexible schedule.
Qatar Airways will offer the full range of OneWorld services and benefits with the first flight operated on 30 October 2013, specifically at 00 time: 15 (local time in Doha) - QR633 will take off from Dhaka to Doha. The first flight from Doha will take off at 00: 20 - QR1166 to Riyadh.
The OneWorld airline grows and develops from year to year. At 1 October 2013, LAN Colombia joined the alliance as a affiliated member of LAN Airlines, and in 2014 will join SriLankan Airlines and TAM Airlines.
Airline carriers from the OneWorld Alliance fly to 150 from airports around the world. There are over 14000 daily departures and approximately 475 million passengers are transported annually with over 3300 aircraft.
Below you have pictures from the press conference and the ceremony organized at Hamad International Airport!