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Qatar Airways Adds Seattle To Its Network & Will Partner With Alaska Airlines

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Qatar Airways has confirmed that it plans to operate flights between Doha and Seattle from the first quarter of next year taking its tally of US destinations up to 11. The airline has also said that it also plans to enter into a frequent flyer partnership with Alaska Airlines (headquartered in Seattle) ahead of that airline’s entry into the oneworld alliance.

From 15 March 2021 Qatar Airways will offer four weekly flights between Doha and Seattle on the following schedule:

QR719 DOH 08:00 – 12:20 SEA (Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri)
QR720 SEA 17:05 – 17:15+1 day DOH (Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri)

The flights will be operated by Qatar Airways A350-900 aircraft which will be equipped with the airline’s highly regarded Qsuite Business Class cabin (review).

In addition, Qatar Airways has said that from 15 December 2020 (a week from today) it will enter into a frequent flyer partnership with Seatle’s hometown airline – Alaska Airlines.

As of 15 December, Qatar Airways Privilege Club and Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members will be able to earn frequent flyer miles on both airlines, and from 31 March 2020 (the date Alaska Airlines is expected to join the oneworld alliance) members of both loyalty programs will be able to redeem frequent flyer miles on both carriers’ networks.

In addition, and as would be expected considering Alaska Airlines is joining oneworld, Privilege Club and Mileage Plan elites will also enjoy reciprocal elite status perks (including lounge access) from 31 March 2021.

Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker, is quoted as having said the following:

“Qatar Airways is committed to enhancing connectivity within the U.S. market, and the launch of flights to Seattle, our second new U.S. destination since the onset of the pandemic, epitomizes this commitment. We are excited to welcome Washington State’s largest city as our seventh new destination announced this year, and our eleventh U.S. gateway, surpassing the number of destinations we operated in the U.S. pre-COVID19. Home to a large tech industry and a portal of innovation, Seattle is a destination that is internationally renowned for business and leisure travel.”

“Despite the challenges of 2020, Qatar Airways has remained committed to exploring every opportunity to further enhance the travel experience for our millions of passengers and is proud to secure another important strategic partnership in North America. In Alaska Airlines, we will have a very strong partner to connect customers from the U.S. West Coast to Doha and beyond via its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle, complementing our existing strategic partnerships with American Airlines and JetBlue. We look forward to further deepening our cooperation with the newest joiner to the oneworld family and continuing to provide our passengers the reliable, safe and award-winning service that they have come to trust from us.”

Once Qatar Airways launches its new route to Seattle, it will offer 59 weekly flights to 11 destinations in the United States. The existing US destinations include Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK), Philadelphia (PHL), San Francisco (SFO) and Washington, D.C. (IAD).

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Bottom Line

Qatar Airways will offer non-stop service between Doha and Seattle four times a week from 15 March 2021. The airline is also getting a head start on its partnership with Alaska Airlines (which is soon to join Qatar Airways as part of the oneworld alliance) by entering into a partial frequent flyer partnership with the airline from 15 December 2020.

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