Passengers on Qatar Airways will be able to see more of Africa thanks to a new collaboration with Rwanda’s flag carrier, RwandAir, which will allow them to travel between Doha and Kigali.

The extensive interline agreement, which is part of the strategic collaboration, will provide customers access to both airlines’ networks, resulting in a smoother travel experience and enhanced customer service, including in frequent flyer programmes.

Customers can choose from more than 160 destinations in both airlines’ combined networks, which are seamlessly integrated via their home hubs of Doha and Kigali.

This latest collaboration follows the airlines’ recent loyalty partnership announcement, which allows RwandAir Dream Miles and Qatar Airways Privilege Club members to travel to each other’s destinations and ‘earn and burn’ points throughout respective reciprocal route networks.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al-Baker, stated: “This partnership cements our commitment to giving travellers the widest choice of destinations, while providing a seamless, high quality travel experience, which is the goal of both Qatar Airways and RwandAir.

“Africa is a hugely important market for us and this latest partnership will help support the recovery of international air travel and offer unrivalled connectivity to and from a number of new African destinations.”

RwandAir CEO Yvonne Makolo said: “We’re really excited to be opening up more of the world to our customers through the new interline agreement with Qatar Airways.

“Delivering excellent customer experience is key for us and we know that any travelers flying with Qatar Airways or RwandAir, as part of the agreement, will continue to receive the same unrivalled level of service they’re used to from both airlines.”

From its Kigali hub, RwandAir offers services throughout Africa and to long-haul destinations such as London Heathrow. It was also the first African airline to receive the top Diamond status grade for COVID-prevention measures from APEX Health Safety, powered by SimpliFlying, the highest level available.

Customers will also be able to connect through Doha’s Hamad International Airport (HIA), the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to achieve a Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating, to reach Qatar Airways’ destinations across the globe, including Paris, Washington, Delhi, and Hong Kong.

With more frequencies introduced to major hubs, Qatar Airways provides customers with unrivalled connectivity, allowing them to easily change their trip dates or destination if necessary.

Qatar Airways flies five times a week from Doha to Kigali via Entebbe, using its ecologically responsible and fuel-efficient Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft. Customers of the airline can fly from Kigali to a variety of African locations, including Bujumbura, Brazzaville, and Libreville.

Qatar Airways was just selected Airline of the Year 2021 by AirlineRatings, as well as Best Middle East Airline, Best Catering, and Best Business Class, and became the first global airline to receive Skytrax’s renowned 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating.

– India’s new age travel digital media


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