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Cathay and Qatar enter strategic agreement

25 Feb 2014 by GrahamSmith

Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways have announced a strategic agreement on flights between Hong Kong and Doha.

From March 30, the Oneworld partners will each operate one flight between the two cities daily.

Cathay Pacific will make its debut on the Doha route with a daily service using an A330-300 aircraft in a three-class configuration — business, premium economy and economy. 

Qatar Airways currently flies the route twice daily so moving to daily, with Cathay handling the other flight, will provide significant cost benefits.

The agreement will also allow pasengers of both airlines to earn and redeem frequent flyer points or miles.

A statement said: “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.”

From March 30, the combined Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways schedule for Hong Kong to Doha is:

Routing

Flight No.

Departure

Arrival

Day of the week

HKG-DOH

QR815 / CX 9201

0130

0540

Daily

HKG-DOH

CX645 / QR 5800

1840

2250

Daily

DOH-HKG

CX640 / QR 5801

0145

1440

Daily

DOH-HKG

QR816 / CX 9200

0740

2050

Daily

Cathay Pacific chief executive John Slosar said: “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.”

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker added: “This new initiative 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.”

cathaypacific.com, qatarairways.com

Graham Smith

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