Qatar Airways joins airlines alliance

AP News
Posted: Oct 08, 2012 3:20 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Qatar Airways is joining an alliance of airlines including American Airlines, British Airways and nine other carriers that coordinate routes and allow passengers to earn frequent flier miles on each other's flights.

The inclusion in the oneworld alliance — aimed at allowing passengers to hop around the globe easier — signals the growing importance of Persian Gulf carriers such as Doha-based Qatar.

"Alliances are playing an increasingly important role in the airline industry today — and that will continue long into the future," Qatar's CEO Akbar Al Baker said in a statement.