FILE -- In this Nov. 4, 2015 file photo, a Boeing 787 airplane purchased by Qatar Airways is shown during a delivery ceremony in Everett, Wash. Qatar Airways, announced Sunday, June 11, 2017, that its net profits reached $540 million in its latest financial disclosure before the airline was blocked from flying to major Arab states. Analysts estimate that a political standoff in the Gulf between Qatar and other Arab states will cost the airline heavily after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar and blocked direct flights with the country. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Qatar Airways to launch flights between Seattle and Doha

The big Persian Gulf carrier reportedly announced a frequent flyer partnership with Alaska Airlines.

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SEATTLE — Though international air travel remains depressed by the global pandemic, Qatar Airways said Tuesday it will launch four weekly flights between Seattle and Doha on March 15, 2021.

The big Persian Gulf carrier also announced a frequent flyer partnership with Alaska Airlines that will begin next Tuesday, Dec. 15, the Seattle Times reported. That will allow Alaska’s fliers to earn miles on Qatar flights beginning on that date, when it introduces service between Doha and San Francisco.

Qatar said it will rebuild its network post-pandemic, providing travelers from Seattle with alternative flights to destinations in India, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.

Port of Seattle Commission President Peter Steinbrueck suggested the opening of the Doha route lends support to the Port’s continued investment in two large infrastructure projects at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport: the International Arrivals Facility and North Satellite Modernization.

“This commitment by Qatar Airways, despite the current situation with the pandemic, is a testament to how the world views the long-term strength and resiliency of the Puget Sound region,” Steinbrueck said in a statement.

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