British Airways and Qatar Airways have extended a business agreement to include 14 more cities in Asia, Australasia and Africa.
Additional flights from Heathrow via Doha go on sale at BA’s website starting this month. Destinations included in the new agreement are Adelaide, Auckland, Canberra, Goa, Hanoi, Jakarta, Manila, Maputo, Melbourne, Pattaya, Penang, Perth, Phuket and Sohar.
From 1 July, BA will also deploy its new B787-9 on its services between Heathrow and Doha. From there, passengers can connect to Qatar Airways’ destinations via codeshare flights.
Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, commented: “The UK is one of our most important markets and one where we have significantly increased our capacity over recent years.”
According to BBT sister title Business Traveller, Qatar Airways has also announced it will return to Gatwick airport starting 22 May after withdrawing from the route in 2011 for ‘commercial reasons’.