(30 August 2022, 10:50 +07) Finnair and oneworld partner Qatar Airways have concluded an agreement to establish a long-term strategic cooperation on flights between Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen and Doha, Qatar.
The two airlines have indicated that they are also exploring opening services between another, undisclosed European destination and Doha.
The services will be supported by a comprehensive codeshare agreement with shared passenger and cargo capacity between both airlines.
“We are delighted to expand our collaboration with our oneworld partner Qatar Airways, offering new connections between Doha and the three Nordic capitals,” said Finnair CEO, Topi Manner. “The role of Doha as an international hub is growing, and Qatar Airways has extensive connections from Doha onwards to for example Australasia, the Middle East and Africa.”
Finnair A330 reg: OH-LTO. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com
Customers from the three Nordic cities will benefit from seamless connections via Doha to Qatar Airways’ extensive network of around 100 destinations across Australasia, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
The collaboration will also open new destinations and connection opportunities across Finnair’s Nordic network for Qatar Airways’ customers.
The services are planned to start between November and December 2022. They will be operated with Finnair’s Airbus A330 aircraft featuring Finnair’s new long-haul cabins, including Air Lounge business class seats, a brand-new premium economy travel class and refreshed economy class.
The flights to Doha are to be sold and marketed by both Finnair and Qatar Airways as per the following schedule:
– 7 weekly flights to and from Helsinki;
– 7 weekly flights to and from Stockholm; and
– 7 weekly flights to and from Copenhagen.
“This strategic partnership demonstrates our commitment to the Nordic markets and strengthens our position as the leading Middle East carrier in this important region. This partnership will be the foundation for the future expansion here,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker. “Soon, Doha will be the oneworld hub bringing more airline partners together than ever before. With this codeshare agreement, travellers from the Nordics will continue to have excellent connectivity to Doha with Finnair and onwards with Qatar Airways to attractive leisure and key business destinations across Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Middle East.”
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