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Qatar Airways joins oneworld airline alliance

Middle Eastern carrier Qatar Airways said it has joined the oneworld airline alliance.

It joins oneworld just one year after receiving its invitation to join, which makes its induction into oneworld one of the fastest in the alliance´s history. A more typical timeline for an airline to comply with the many membership requirements of oneworld is 18-24 months.

Qatar Airways, said that becoming part of oneworld will strengthen its competitiveness, enabling it to offer customers an alliance global network served by partners that include leading airlines from every region.

The carrier, which serves more than 130 destinations in 70 countries across the Middle East, Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia and Australasia, is oneworld´s second member airline based in the Middle East.

More than 20 of its destinations and five countries Ethiopia, Iran, Rwanda, Serbia and Tanzania will be new to the oneworld map. Qatar Airways said it will also strengthen the alliance´s customer offering by providing superior routing alternatives across many hundreds of city pairs.

For example, passengers flying between Asia and Southern Europe or between Asia and Africa will now have convenient one-stop connections not previously available within the oneworld network.

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