With Alaska Airlines joining Oneworld and a strengthened American Airlines partnership, Qatar Airways has announced flights to Seattle and a frequent flier partnership with Alaska Airlines.
Details of Qatar’s new Doha to Seattle flight:
Qatar Airways’ Doha to Seattle route will launch on January 29, 2021 with four weekly flights.
DOH-SEA will be operated with the Boeing 777-300ER.
Doha (DOH) to Seattle (SEA) QR719 departs: 08:00 arrives: 12:20
Seattle (SEA) to Doha (DOH) QR720 departs: 17:05 arrives: 17:15+1
Just two months ago, Qatar Airways announced it would launch flights to San Francisco, which begin in exactly one week.
The Alaska Airlines Partnership:
Although Alaska will join Oneworld in March 2021, Qatar Airways will begin a partnership with them in one week on December 15.
Airlines will be able to earn frequent flyer miles on each airline and both airlines will work towards a codeshare partnership closer to Alaska joining Oneworld next year.
Alaska Airlines CEO, Mr. Brad Tilden:
“We’re thrilled to be joining the oneworld alliance and to begin this new partnership with an outstanding airline like Qatar Airways. As more of us resume international air travel next year, we are excited to offer our guests new nonstop service on Qatar Airways from Seattle to Doha, in addition to service to Doha from our hubs in Los Angeles and San Francisco. This partnership opens up tremendous destinations around the world and amazing opportunities for our guests.”
It’s worth noting Alaska Airlines has a partnership with Emirates. I believe Emirates has suspended its Seattle flights until March 28, 2021, so Qatar Airways will become the first resume service between Seattle and the Middle East. It’ll be interesting to see if something happens to the Emirates partnership .
Philadelphia is sort of a unique case but it’s assisted by American Airlines’ connections through the hub.
Of all the U.S. destinations in the map, Atlanta is the only one that won’t resume in the near future. Either they’re ending it or Qatar’s only referencing routes they’re currently operating to. Miami resumes this month.
Given that now Qatar is starting flights to both SFO & SEA, it wouldn’t be surprising if other airlines follow a similar strategy. Like AA and UA (not to forget AI) are both expanding SEA & SFO respectively to BLR.
I think more airlines will follow suit later on. For example, Thai wants to operate to SF and SEA once their ban is over and they are able to manage the finances of the route.