CEO Akbar Al Baker says his carrier talking to about a code-share partnership, although the Australian carrier is refusing to comment on the subject.
Al Baker says further talks between the airlines are scheduled, and that an agreement between the carriers would allow Qatar greater access to Australian domestic markets, and extend Qantas’s reach into Europe.
Al Baker’s comments to media were made while the executive was in Perth, Australia, to observe Qatar’s first flight to that city from Doha. Qatar also operates daily flights to Melbourne.
When asked about Al Baker’s revelation, Qantas tells Aviation Week that “we don’t comment on what private discussions we may be having about potential airline partnerships.”
Qantas recently signaled it wants to boost its international network through links with other carriers. Rivalhas used that strategy very effectively through its partnership with , which enables it to market flights to Europe.
An agreement with Qantas may be a sign that Qatar is drawing closer to the Oneworld alliance. Speculation has been circulating that Qatar is a potential Oneworld partner.