Qatar Airways officially became part of oneworld at midnight Doha time last night. It joins just one year after receiving an invitation, which makes its induction into oneworld one of the fastest in the alliance’s history.

British Airways has been supporting Qatar Airways through the joining process, as its oneworld sponsor airline, with backing from the central oneworld team.

Qatar Airways, which serves more than 130 destinations in 70 countries across the Middle East, Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia and Australasia, is oneworld’s second member airline based in the Middle East.

More than 20 of its destinations and five countries – Ethiopia, Iran, Rwanda, Serbia and Tanzania – will be new to the oneworld map. More significantly, Qatar Airways will substantially strengthen the alliance’s customer offering by providing routing alternatives across many hundreds of cities. For example, passengers flying between Asia and Southern Europe or between Asia and Africa will now have convenient one-stop connections not previously available within the oneworld network.

Once Qatar Airways joins, oneworld will serve almost a thousand airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,000 daily departures. It will also carry 475 million passengers a year on a combined fleet of some 3,300 aircraft.

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