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Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways is gearing up for its first route launch of 2006 with the vibrant and colourful destination of Hong Kong joining the airline’s growing network on March 26.
Daily scheduled flights will operate non-stop from Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, to Hong Kong – the airline’s third gateway in Greater China.
Qatar Airways already serves the Chinese capital Beijing and commercial centre of Shanghai with four flights a week to each city non-stop from Doha.
Hong Kong becomes Qatar Airways’ 12th Far East destination in a route network that already covers Osaka, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, Manila, Cebu, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Yangon and Jakarta.
The new Hong Kong service will be operated with the state-of-the-art Airbus A330 widebody aircraft, configured in two classes. Business Class features up to 24 seats reclining 160 degrees in a 2-2-2 configuration, while the Economy cabin has up to 259 seats.
Qatar Airways is celebrating its newest route launch by taking its award-winning services to a destination that has been designated by tourism authorities – 2006 Discover Hong Kong Year. And the route is exceptionally important as it comes in a year when Qatar hosts the 15th Asian Games. Qatar Airways is the Official Airline of the Games, which take place over a two-week period in December.
To mark the launch, Qatar Airways Holidays – a division of Qatar Airways – is offering special introductory packages to Hong Kong with prices starting from QAR3,095 per person sharing a double room. The price includes round-trip travel in Economy Class on Qatar Airways from Doha, three nights’ accommodation at the Hotel Metro Park, round-trip airport transfers, Hong Kong island city tour and free entry to Hong Kong Disneyland.
At the forefront of 2006 Discover Hong Kong Year are Hong Kong’s most ambitious and exciting new attractions to date. The recently-opened Hong Kong Disneyland on Lantau Island brings the Magic Kingdom to Hong Kong with an Asian twist.
Doha-based Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline is a launch customer of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2010. Qatar Airways moves to the New Doha International Airport in 2010, when the first phase of the new facility opens. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com
Qatar Airways is one of only six airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the fifth year running in 2007 following a survey of more than 15 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com
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