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LATAM Airlines Backs Qatar Airways And Qatar Amid Crisis

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Latin America’s premier airline supported Qatar amid blockade as Qatar Airways hosted the LATAM Airlines Group Board of Directors first ever meeting in Doha.

The board members along with the chairman Ignacio Cueto and CEO Enrique Cueto, reached Doha’s state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport (HIA), after flying on QA flights from Sao Paulo, Brazil and Madrid, Spain.

The board members were allowed to tour QA’s hi-tech operational centre and technical facilities after their arrival.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar al Baker said:”We were delighted to extend the warmest of welcomes to LATAM’s board members and offer them a taste of authentic Arabian hospitality. LATAM’s presence here in Qatar sends an important signal that it is business as usual both for Qatar Airways and the State of Qatar, and that we continue to strengthen our links with our valued partners around the world. Qatar Airways has a very strong partnership with LATAM. We look forward to growing and expanding our presence in South America when we launch a brand new direct service between Doha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Santiago, Chile starting in early 2018.”

Al Baker personally guided the members during their two-day visit to Qatar, along with touring the airline’s Airbus A350-900, they visited cargo operators and technical hangar, where an aircraft was undergoing an inspection by engineers, the Integrated Operations Centre, where every QA flight around the world is managed, and world-class Hamad International Airport.

It should be noted that just recently Qatar Airways started a new codeshare agreement with LATAM Airlines Brazil, which includes new codeshares on LATAM’s routes between S’e3o Paulo’s Guarulhos Airport and 25 domestic cities across Brazil including Rio de Janeiro (GIG), Salvador (SSA), Campo Grande (CGR), Foz do Iguaçu (IGU) and Recife (REC).

Earlier in the year, QA had announced that it was leasing four LATAM Airlines Group Airbus A350-900 aircraft for a year in order to meet the growing demand.

Qatar Airways even made a strategic investment in December 2016, by acquiring 10 percent of LATAM Airlines Group. June 2017 marked the seven-year anniversary of QA’s operations to S’e3o Paulo, Brazil, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, as the award-winning airline continues to strengthen its presence in the region.

Meanwhile, Qatar Airways Cargo has also expanded its operations to South America by starting freighter services t Sao Paulo, Brazil, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Quito, Ecuador.

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