Shanghai, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA – Qatar Airways today wrapped up a week of high-profile promotional activities across China hailing the visit by management from head office and Asia a huge success.
Concluding a whistle-stop tour of three cities – Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai – Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker expressed his sheer delight at the hospitality and warmth of the people of China.
Al Baker officially opened Qatar Airways’ brand new sales and reservations offices in the heart of the business districts of each of the three cities. And he rounded off launch activities in Guangzhou, the airline’s newest route to the southern Chinese industrial city, by hosting a lavish gala dinner at the Ritz Carlton Hotel.
More than 300 guests drawn from corporates, travel trade and the media attended the Five Star event, which featured show-stopping entertainment direct from the Middle East. Earlier, during a packed press conference, Al Baker briefed Chinese and international media on the airline’s expansion plans.
Qatar Airways operates 20 scheduled flights a week from its hub in Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, to China. The capital Beijing is served four-times-a-week; Shanghai five weekly; Hong Kong daily; and Guangzhou with four flights-a-week, rising to five services from May 1.
Al Baker said: “The State of Qatar and China are celebrating 20 years of bilateral relations this year and the relationship between both countries has grown from strength to strength.
“It is an honour for me as Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways to be able to offer the traveling public to and from China a wider choice of flights and to serve the increasingly important business traveller.”
He stressed that as trade between the two countries increases, and indeed business between other countries and China steps up, Qatar Airways and its diverse network of destinations worldwide is able to facilitate travel to China’s prosperous political, financial and cosmopolitan cities.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 62 Airbus and Boeing aircraft to 82 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian Subcontinent, Far East and North America. The airline has more than 200 new aircraft worth over US$30 billion on its order books for delivery starting this summer.
“Since Qatar Airways entered the Chinese market in 2003 with flights to Shanghai, we have steadily increased our presence to this dynamic part of the world to now cover three other important gateway cities, including our latest route to Guangzhou.
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. For further information on the New Doha International Airport, visit www.ndiaproject.com
For further information on Qatar Airways’ award-winning Privilege Club frequent flyer programme, log onto www.qmiles.com where members can check their account balance online, as well as book reward tickets for travel.
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