Qatar Airways launched its last route of the year by touching down in Hangzhou. It is airline’s seventh route in China, and is preceded by Chengdu, which was introduced in September. The new flight to Hangzhou from Doha will be operated four times a week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. An Airbus A330 will be operated on the route in a two-class configuration featuring 24 seats in Business Class and 236 seats in Economy.
Upon arrival an official airport ceremony was held, attended by dignitaries from the Chinese government and Hangzhou International Airport. On this occasion, airlines’ Chief Executive officer, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker addressed the media and emphasized the airline’s ongoing commitment to the Chinese market. As a route Hangzhou has strong potential when linked with key destinations in Europe, the Americas, Middle East and Africa which are now easily accessible via Doha through a convenient non-stop flight. The airline is looking forward to bringing more passengers from and to Hangzhou, helping to further boost the tourism in China.
The new route is airline’s seventh destination in the country with services to other cities in mainland China, including Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and also Hong Kong. A total of 45 weekly services are offered non-stop between Doha and each of these cities. Starting from 2003, Qatar Airways has a strong presence in China and the widespread presence in the country with seven gateways clearly demonstrates the commitment and response to the growing demand from passengers to and from the region. With the flights to Hangzhou, Qatar Airways has increased its capacity across the country from 41 to 45 nonstop flights each week and thus becoming the biggest Middle-Eastern carrier serving China.
On 30th October 2013, Qatar Airways joined the oneworld global alliance and has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operation in just 16years of operation currently flying a modern fleet of 128 aircraft in 134 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas.