The move would provide Qatar with greater reach and profile in the Australian market, while affording Qantas greater access to Europe by sharing Qatar flights under Qantas flight numbers.
Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar al-Baker, currently in Australia for the launch of Qatar's flights to Perth, will meet Qantas executives in Sydney next week.
"Most certainly we will have a partnership with Qantas,'' a confident Akbar al-Baker predicted at a press conference in Perth. “We have been meeting with Qantas for quite some time."
"Qantas under Alan Joyce has taken a very positive attitude towards Qatar and Emirates and we hope that both our airlines will be able to work with Qantas closely going forward. We can only make ourselves stronger with this sort of partnership.''
News of a potential codeshare partnership between Qatar and Qantas follows recent speculation of a similar Qantas-Emirates alliance, which would also be aimed at using a Middle Eastern destination as a staging point for direct flights into much more of Europe than Qantas' current partnerships provide.