Qatar Airways made the big announcement on their Twitter page earlier this morning. They’ll be using a B777 on the route to Doha and Philadelphia will be Qatar’s 5th US gateway. With the pending AA/US merger and Qatar’s anticipated October/November entry into oneWorld, the PHL selection seems to make sense.
Qatar Airways is currently a oneworld member designate, meaning that within the next 6-12 months you should be able to redeem American AAdvantage or other oneworld carrier miles for this flight. If availability is as generous as it was during the Continental(UA)/Qatar partnership, this could be a pretty sweet (and reasonable) redemption opportunity…
Related – see Qatar to Launch Direct JFK – Athens Service
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