July 25 2023  |  Airline & Terminal News

Iberia joins world's largest airline partnership

By Reedah Hayder

Starting in December, Iberia will offer daily flights connecting Madrid and Doha, boosting capacity between the oneworld hubs

Qatar Airways, British Airways, and Iberia are teaming up to expand the world’s largest airline joint business, already covering 60+ countries.

Starting December 11, 2023, Iberia will offer daily flights between Madrid and Doha, providing increased Avios benefits for global travellers. The partnership enables seamless travel to over 200 destinations via the three airlines, strengthening connectivity between the Iberian Peninsula and key markets in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

“At Qatar Airways, we believe in connecting travellers to their destinations of choice and our recent enhancement to the highly successful joint business with British Airways, includes the addition of another oneworld member, Iberia,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker in a July 25 press release. “Our passengers will now have more opportunities than ever to connect to different destinations across the British Airways, Iberia, and Qatar Airways’ networks. This collaborative effort comes as part of our commitment to continuously improve the offerings available to our passengers and provide them with the best in the industry.”

Passengers can choose from various options, including award-winning products such as Qatar Airways’ Qsuite, Iberia’s Business Class, and British Airways’ Club Suite. Additionally, loyalty members from all three carriers can collect and spend Avios, maximizing rewards across the network.

“Last year we expanded our joint business partnership with Qatar Airways with the addition of 42 countries, and I’m so pleased to see it growing even further as we welcome Iberia on board,” said British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, Sean Doyle, in the same press release. “We’re committed to offering our customers as much choice as possible, and working so closely with our partners in Madrid and Doha connects British Airways to more than 200 destinations globally.”

Iberia CEO, Fernando Candela, commented in the release, “Joining the QJB with Qatar Airways and British Airways is excellent news for our customers. We are really excited about the launch of our Madrid-Doha route. Through QJB hubs in London and Doha, we are building the much-desired bridge between Spain and more than 200 destinations in Asia, Australasia, the Middle-East, and Africa, and offering new opportunities for travelers in both directions. Our country is moving towards a new model of higher-quality tourism and, with the Madrid-Doha launching, we are making a breakthrough.”

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