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Change of course: Qatar Airways wants to join the South African airline

Change of course: Qatar Airways wants to join the South African airline

In fact, Qatar Airways did not want to invest again in other airlines. The gap in southern Africa now means Qatar Airways is planning to participate.

A year ago, things seemed different. According to Qatar Airways' then director, Akbar Al Baker, they did not want to invest in any new airlines. You are always required to board other airlines. But Al Baker rejects this, saying: “I am not interested in more investments in airline companies.”

But Al Baker is history at Qatar Airways. This attitude towards joining other airlines is also evident. The new Managing Director recently announced that a new investment will be announced soon.

Details within two to three weeks

“We are in the final stages of investing in equity in a southern African airline,” Badr Mohammed Al Meer said during a discussion session at the Qatar Economic Forum in Doha. Details will be announced within two to three weeks.

Al Meer, who has been president of Qatar Airways since last November, explained that the southern part of Africa represents a gap in the coverage of the Qatar Airways network on the continent. The aim is to address this problem by expanding the portfolio of partners in Africa. Since 2019, the airline has held a 60 percent stake in a new international airport in Rwanda, which is being built at a cost of $1.3 billion.

Rwanda Air's involvement is not yet clear

The airline also has codeshare agreements with several airlines in Africa. It is also planned to acquire a 49 percent stake in Rwandair. But the deal has not been completed yet.

In Europe, Qatar Airways owns 25.1% of the British-Spanish airline group IAG. In South America, it occupied more than 10% of the Chilean-Brazilian Latin American region.

Almir charts his own course

This is not the first time that Al-Mir has deviated from the path of his predecessor. He also wants to introduce less strict rules for crews and focus more on first class again.