QATAR Airways is set to launch flights from Doha to its sixth Chinese destination Chengdu, on September 3.
The thrice-weekly service will be operated with an Airbus A330 in a two-class configuration, offering 248 economy-class seats and 36 business-class seats.
Flights out of Doha will depart at 02.00 and land at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport at 14.30. Return flights from Chengdu leave at 01.00 to touch down in Doha at 03.50.
Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker, remarked: “The new service is part of the airline’s commitment to boost services to the Far East and Asia-Pacific.
“China is one of our key markets and we are excited to further expand our footprint in China, allowing us to provide greater options for business and leisure travellers ready to take advantage of new flights to and from another entry point in China.”
Passengers flying into Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport can also take advantage of the 72-hour visa-free transit allowance now available there (TTG Asia e-Daily, June 10, 2013).
Chengdu is Qatar’s sixth destination in China after Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Chongqing.
Over the next few months, Qatar will expand its network to include destinations such as Clark International Airport, the Philippines on October 27 and Philadelphia, US.
In May this year, the carrier sealed a codesharing agreement with Bangkok Airways for flights within Thailand and the South-east Asian region (TTG Asia e-Daily, May 16, 2013).