Akbar Al Baker Reiterates That Qatar Airways Could Announce Oneworld Exit In One To Two Months


Qatar Airways today announced their new economy class product at the ITB Berlin and its CEO Akbar Al Baker again reiterated in the press conference that the airline could announce its exit from the Oneworld alliance in one to two months.

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Qatar Airways applied for Oneworld membership in October 2012 (read more here) and became a full partner on October 30th the following year (read more here).

You can access Qatar Airways here.


At this point Mr. Akbar Al Baker should just either shut up and stay or announce Qatar Airways formal withdrawal from Oneworld. He has started to sound like a broken record.

It seems that this CEO is not used to work within a consortia where he is not the only decision maker and multiple, sometimes conflicting, interest prevail among participants.

He is not fond of Qantas partnership with Emirates where both codeshare each others flights and American Airlines’ animosity towards the ME3.

Qatar Airways is bleeding due to continuing blockage from its neighbors that affects flight routes and access to their markets. I don’t think that abandoning feed and customers from other Oneworld alliance members would make this situation any better.

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    • Couldn’t agree more – Superb airline. Then when traveling within Europe, I normally use BA/AY and the points/miles are credited onto my Privilege Club account.

  1. Qatar is not a good member of OneWorld! It does not look after other OW FF it does not award points or status on many fares, Its FF (First Class) Lounge is a disgrace for any Emerald outside of the US. I have flown Qatar 4 times in First an Excellent product 7 times in Business below average and 11 times in economy never once got points. Lounge was packed high with shocking food in Doha and no status.

        • Interesting. I found Etihad to be very mediocre. Emirates F was great but business to be much below average. Have not flown Business in Singapore or Qantas.

          • There is a big difference on equipment. I think Emirates 737 business is below but with over 100 380s and I mostly doing the European legs think Emirates is a good measuring stick. Qantas new business are Excellent and Singapore I think are ahead of everyone.

    • OneWorld as a whole is terrible for points credit on discounted fares, absolutely the worst alliance for budget travelers, whether on your own dime or the company’s.

  2. So if QR does leave OW would it remain a partner with BA and IB as it owns a minority percentage in their parent company?

  3. Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker game maker ! Let him go as disgraced company humiliated other airlines stewardess are granny ! Akbar Al Baker must forfeit owns a minority percentage in their parent companies within One world alliances i.e. British Airways, Iberia and LATAM. Hopeful Emirates join One world someday.


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