Guangzhou, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA – Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker officially celebrated the launch of flights to Guangzhou today with a colourful ceremony at the city’s Baiyun International Airport.
Dignitaries from Guangzhou were joined by airport officials and local and Qatar-based media to welcome Al Baker and his delegation from Doha for the official arrival ceremony.
A cake-cutting ceremony, together with speeches, marked the official celebrations.
The airline launched flights to the southern Chinese port city last month and has now embarked on a few days of activities in Guangzhou to promote the new route.
On arrival, Al Baker praised Chinese government and airport officials for making the airline’s latest route a huge success.
Addressing the gathering, he said: “On behalf of Qatar Airways, I would like to express my delight and pride to see yet another route added to our network in China.
“Just last week we inaugurated our services to Guangzhou and today we are officially celebrating the launch with this wonderful airport ceremony. I congratulate and applaud the authorities for welcoming Qatar Airways here with open arms.
“With Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong Kong already firmly established in our rapidly growing international network, the addition of Guangzhou only reinforces our commitment to the travelling public to and from China, and the Chinese economy as a whole.”
Al Baker added: “Qatar Airways now flies 20 services a week non-stop between Doha and four cities across China. And I am delighted to say that in just a few weeks’ time, beginning May 1, we will add another weekly flight on the Guangzhou route to give passengers more choice.”
Guangzhou is Qatar Airways’ 82nd route – and 15th destination in the Far East. The route is operated with an Airbus A330 in a two-class configuration of up to 24 seats in Business Class and a maximum 248 seats in Economy.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 62 Airbus and Boeing aircraft to diverse and exciting cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian Subcontinent, Far East and North America. The airline has more than 200 aircraft on order worth over US$ 30 billion for delivery over the next few years.
Qatar Airways is one of an elite group of carriers with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry research company. 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. Qatar Airways carries around 10 million passengers a year. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com
The Doha – Guangzhou schedules are:-
Depart Doha International Airport
|Monday, Tuesday, Friday||QR876 at 0230, arrive Guangzhou at 1535|
|Thursday||QR874 at 0230, arrive Guangzhou at 1535|
|Monday, Tuesday, Friday||QR877 at 2030, arrive Doha International Airport at 2359|
|Friday||QR875 at 0055, arrive Doha International Airport at 0425|
Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. During 2007, Qatar Airways ordered 80 Airbus A350s, together with 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s. The airline has ordered five of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ 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
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