Qatar to Launch Direct JFK – Athens Service

Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways CEO, announced in Athens yesterday that the airline intends to launch Doha-Athens-JFK / JFK-Athens-Doha flights in Spring 2013 using either B787 or A380 aircraft. The flights come at a time when both United and Olympic Airways have recently cancelled their direct JFK-ATH flights. Delta will continue operating the route using B767 aircraft.

Qatar Airways is a oneworld member designate, meaning that within the next 12 months or so you should be able to redeem American AAdvantage or British Airways Avios miles for this flight. If availability is as generous as it was during the Continental/Qatar partnership, then this could be a pretty sweet (and reasonable) redemption option for that summer trip to Greece.  Middle Eastern carrier to Europe from the US? This could become the new norm as Al Baker noted that Qatar intends to operate several Doha – European – North American flights in the near future.  Does Emirates have similar plans?

Speaking of Greece, check out my recent trip report on the Mystique, an SPG Luxury Collection property and one of my favorite hotels of all time.

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  1. Any guesses on what a rt business or first class ticket would be in AA miles or BA avois? Are there fuel surcharges on avios with Qatar? If not that would be avios more valuable in getting to Europe…

  2. @Paul – right now it’s all TBD. For UA/CO partnership US to Middle East was 60k miles one-way, with a free stopover on a roundtrip award. 120k roundtrip allowed for a trip to Doha and a connection to Asia, Africa, etc!

  3. I see Adam posted this in November – but I’m wondering if there’s any update on when rt business or first class tickets will be available using AA miles? Any info would be amazing, thanks!

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