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Iberia joins British Airways and Qatar Airways joint venture – Business Traveller

Iberia has officially joined British Airways and Qatar Airways’ joint business partnership.

The partnership between BA and Qatar Airways is currently the largest airline joint business in the world, covering more than 180 destinations in 60 countries. With the addition of the Spanish flag carrier, passengers will be able to connect to more than 200 destinations through the three airlines.

In light of the joint business expansion, Iberia will add a new daily service from its hub Madrid Barajas International airport to Hamad International airport, starting from 11 December, 2023.

Iberia will operate the Airbus A330-200 on the service, with 288 seats in business and economy cabins. Together, Iberia’s and Qatar Airways’ expanded service will operate three times daily on the route.

The partnership will offer additional connectivity for passengers travelling between the Iberian Peninsula and key markets in the Middle East and beyond, as well as a large selection of products, including Qatar Airways’ Qsuite, Iberia’s Business Class, and British Airways’ Club Suite.

Members of British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus, and Qatar Airways Privilege Club will be able to collect and spend using Avios as the common currency, following Qatar Airways’ decision to adopt Avios as its reward currency last year.

Loyalty members are able to transfer Avios between accounts and combine their balances to claim rewards offered by each programme.

Iberia CEO, Fernando Candela, commented: “Joining the QJB with Qatar Airways and British Airways is excellent news for our customers. We are really excited about the launch of our Madrid-Doha route. Our country is moving towards a new model of higher-quality tourism and, with the Madrid-Doha launching, we are making a breakthrough.”

Meanwhile, British Airways’ chairman and CEO, Sean Doyle, said: “Last year we expanded our joint business partnership with Qatar Airways with the addition of 42 countries, and I’m so pleased to see it growing even further as we welcome Iberia on board.

“We’re committed to offering our customers as much choice as possible, and working so closely with our partners in Madrid and Doha connects British Airways to more than 200 destinations globally.”

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