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Qatar Airways and United Airlines are filing a joint application with the US Department of Transportation seeking permission to place their codes on each other's flights.
Under the agreement Qatar Airways would expand its presence in the United States. Qatar Airways is set to launch daily direct service between Doha and Washington DC on 19 July.
The two airlines said that, pending regulatory approval, Qatar Airways would put its QR flight code on selected services operated by United Airlines to a number of domestic destinations in the United States as well as on services from European gateways to the US.
As part of the agreement Qatar Airways would apply its QR flight code on flights operated by United Airlines from Washington, DC to more than 50 cities across the US; and flights operated by United from London's Heathrow Airport, Paris, Frankfurt, Zurich, Rome and Munich to one or all of the following cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC and Chicago.
The codeshare arrangement would also give United Airlines service to five new countries, adding the destinations of Doha, Qatar; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Male, Maldives; and Peshawar, Pakistan.
Michael Whitaker, United's senior vice president of Alliances, International and Regulatory Affairs, said that the airline is pleased to partner with Qatar Airways to offer service to five new countries as well as expanding its current service to the Middle East.
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