Qatar Airways made an announcement today that the airline will start serving Philadelphia on March 1, 2014. You can read more about this planned service on USAToday’s website here and on Philly.com here.
The airline currently serves four destinations in the United States; Chicago, New York, Washington DC, and Houston and Montreal in Canada.
It is not a surprise that the city that Qatar chose is Philadelphia that is US Airways’ east coast hub.
Qatar Airways is in the process of joining the Oneworld alliance that is expected to be completed by the years end. American Airlines, founding member of Oneworld, is in the process of merging with US Airways.
These Middle Eastern carriers are slowly serving more and more cities in the United States and would in Canada as well, if Canadian government would allow them more frequencies.
This makes redeeming American Airlines miles easier for trips to Middle East/Asia Subcontinent once the airline is in the Oneworld Alliance.