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October 08, 2012

Qatar Airways to join Oneworld alliance

Qatar Airways will join American Airlines' Oneworld alliance, the carriers announced on Monday.

It will be the second Middle Eastern carrier in the alliance, along with Royal Jordanian. Qatar Airways serves 120 destinations in 70 countries, increasing the number of destinations available to Oneworld's international travelers, the alliance said.

"Adding Qatar Airways will significantly improve our connectivity between many of the destinations that are most important to those customers, so today's agreement with Qatar Airways will enable us to offer even more value," said American chief executive Tom Horton in a statement.

It will take 12 to 18 months for Qatar to become a full-member of Oneworld, the alliance said.

Qatar Airways does not currently serve American's hub at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. Its competitor, Emirates Airways, offers non-stop service from DFW to Dubai and recently signed an alliance agreement with Oneworld member Qantas Airways.

-Andrea Ahles

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