Qatar Airways and fractional jet ownership provider Flexjet announced plans today at EBACE to form an alliance that will offer the Middle East airline’s passengers a seamless charter service throughout North America. The agreement also provides Flexjet fractional ownership customers with access to Qatar Airways flights in North America and to the all-Bombardier fleet operated by the airline’s private aviation arm, Qatar Executive.
“We are extremely pleased to be launching this new program, and are confident that it is an attractive product offering for individuals and large multi-national companies alike,” said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker. “This new alliance gives customers from Qatar and the rest of the airline’s international network the ability to book their travel on Qatar Airways’ commercial service and on-demand private jets to their onward destination within North America with a single phone call.”
The partnership will be managed by Qatar Executive as part of the airline’s premium product portfolio. A dedicated concierge service team will arrange required airline tickets, as well as the itinerary, contract and invoice for the charter portion of customers’ trips. “This will provide [Qatar’s customers] with unprecedented access to over 5,000 airports,” said Flexjet president Fred Reid, “sometimes cutting travel time by a factor of four or five.”