Qatar Airways has announced its latest codeshare agreement. However, unlike most codeshare agreements, it isn’t with another airline. Instead, the Qatari flag carrier has partnered with Germany’s national rail operator, Deutsche Bahn.
Codeshare agreements allow airlines to sell tickets for another carrier’s services. For example, British Airways sells tickets for Aer Lingus’ direct flight from Frankfurt to Dublin. However, while being stand-alone flights, they can also be offered at the end of an itinerary as is the case here. The codeshare agreement will allow Qatar Airways to offer passengers from around the world even more flexibility traveling to or from Germany.
Eight more destinations
With the new codeshare scheme in place, Qatar Airways will be able to offer passengers eight more destinations throughout Germany. However, to reach these destinations, passengers will need to first fly to Frankfurt, the capital of Germany’s aviation industry. From here they will transfer onto their final destinations.
The eight codeshare destinations being added via Deutsche Bahn connections are Stuttgart, Nuremberg, Hannover, Leipzig, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Munich, and Hamburg. Upon arrival at Frankfurt Airport, passengers will make the long journey to the airport’s long-distance train station.
As Qatar Airways uses Terminal 1 passengers will need to face a long walk across to the high-speed train station. Upon arrival at the station, they will then board trains onwards to their destination without the need to buy an additional ticket.
Qatar Airways operates twice-daily flights from Doha to Frankfurt. These are shared between the Airbus A380, and the Boeing 777. Passengers can use these flights to connect onwards across the world, having arrived in Doha. With the train connection, Qatar Airways is able to connect with many more German passengers without the need to lay on extra flights. The airline also flies twice daily to Munich, and once daily to Berlin.
Joining other airlines
For passengers flying from Germany to Doha and onwards, the process is reversed. A number of German operators also offer this service known as Rail&Fly. However, according to the German Train operator, it also has Rail&Fly agreements with other airlines such as Aeroflot and Qantas. In fact, 54 airlines are now included in the agreement.
Speaking of the new codeshare Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, said:
“This codeshare agreement between Qatar Airways and Deutsche Bahn further strengthens the ties between Germany and Qatar. We have witnessed significant growing demand between Germany to Qatar and beyond. Our new codeshare destinations not only meet that demand, but provide a service for our valued passengers in Doha, and from dozens of destinations globally to new, exciting places to explore in Germany.”
Do you think the new codeshare agreement will make a huge difference? Or were passengers fine booking their own train tickets for onward travel? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!