BA to serve destinations beyond Doha using Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways’ membership of Oneworld is at last yielding fruit.

Effective immediately, fellow alliance member British Airways will begin using Qatar Airways to serve destinations that it cannot economically serve itself.

At the same time, Qatar Airways will take advantage of BA’s domestic and short-haul European network to cover cities which it has no immediate plans to serve directly from Doha.

What BA and Qatar Airways are doing is similar in scope to what Oneworld member Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways are offering over Doha (see news, April 1).

Details have just emerged on that BA will from tomorrow offer flights via Doha to destinations in East Africa, Pakistan and Bangladesh using Qatar Airways beyond the Gulf.

Logically, one would expect that other cities in India and south-east Asia — destinations which our readers are hoping that BA would serve direct from London — will follow in the future.

Qatar Airways flights will codeshare on BA flights out of Heathrow to UK domestic cities, with the exception of Edinburgh which will be served non-stop from Doha in May, along with Amsterdam and Hamburg. Others may follow.

Flights can be booked on the respective airline websites.,

Alex McWhirter

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  • I can’t see BA doing particularly well out of this as they aren’t direct to Doha – they still touchdown in Bahrain. I imagine until they offer Doha non-stop most customers would just go Qatar Airways instead – or use another carrier all together to somewhere like Karachi.

  • I dont think it’ll be long before LHR-DOH with no stops is announced on BA metal. Just wonder what happens to Bahrain, if it becomes a tag on another route, its own direct flight or is dropped?

  • They’ll have to serve BAH separately – most of the passengers alight and board there, very few continue on to DOH.

  • or put another way, BA and QR are starting codesharing. Is this really newsworthy? Would someone really fly BA to Doha (with a technical stop in BAH) to connect onto QR??

  • Hello superchris

    I believe it is newsworthy even though, with the exception of airlineroute, no other UK travel media has yet picked up the story.

    The destinations covered over LHR and DOH are fairly limited right now but the range will surely be expanded in time to come. We might even see BA code-sharing on Qatar’s UK regional flights.

  • Since BA’s long-term lover Qantas is now hooked up with Emirates possibly because of its, er, bigger equipment and more frequent entries … this is the only and obvious rebound affair BA can construct. Surprised it’s taken them this long. And obviously LHR-DOH on BA metal must be at least double daily non stops or there’s no worthwhile revenue. I bet BAH then goes via AUH or in a triangle with it.

  • On a comparative direct route EDI-DOH with Qatar or EDI-LHR-BAH-DOH return BA came out on average £350 CHEAPER than the Qatar flight on a return basis in Economy. To me, even with a period on the ground in BAH and an hour or so at LHR T5 would take BA everytime.

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