Bangkok, THAILAND – Qatar Airways today announced a huge expansion in Thailand with the introduction of a third daily flight to Bangkok, effective November 1st.
The increase in capacity comes just three weeks after the airline launches scheduled flights to the popular Thai resort of Phuket.
The Bangkok service will facilitate increasing demand from many parts of the world, particularly European and North and South American customers for travel to Thailand. Qatar Airways’ Northern Winter schedule upgrades offer convenient connections for travellers both in and out of the Thai capital.
The additional Bangkok service will continue to Vietnam with four of the flights heading onwards to the capital Hanoi and three onto Ho Chi Minh City.
Passengers originating in Thailand or Vietnam can also purchase tickets to fly between Bangkok and both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on Qatar Airways.
Beginning October 12, Qatar Airways introduces six-flights-a-week to Phuket via Kuala Lumpur. With the Bangkok flights, the airline’s Thai operations will step up from 21 to 27 flights a week across two destinations.
The airline’s upcoming Phuket flights have drawn positive response from businesses across the island eager to capitalise on an increase in tourism numbers. Similarly, Qatar Airways has seen huge bookings from holidaymakers, particularly from across its European markets for the new route.
Qatar Airways has brought its Asian expansion plan into focus this year, adding three new destinations to its network in 2010 and boosting capacity and frequency across the entire region.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the expansion in Thailand reaffirmed the airline’s commitment to one of its most important markets.
“Our third daily flight to Bangkok will create further connectivity across our network into Thailand and also allows us to improve our services to Vietnam where we already fly to Ho Chi Minh City and look forward to adding Hanoi to our schedules,” he said.
“With Phuket and Hanoi coming online around the same time, Qatar Airways will soon operate to two destinations each in Vietnam and Thailand and we are thrilled to be able to offer the travelling public these exciting destinations and, with it, offer more choice.”
The travel market in Asia is experiencing significant growth and one which Al Baker stressed Qatar Airways was well placed to take advantage of.
“IATA statistics have passenger demand in the Asia Pacific region up over 10 per cent on the previous year. The timing of Qatar Airways’ expansion drive in Asia couldn’t be better to take advantage of this increase in traffic,” he added.
Qatar Airways has launched seven new routes since February 2010 – Bengaluru (Bangalore), Copenhagen, Ankara, Tokyo, Barcelona, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires. Six further routes are scheduled to be launched over a four-month period from October, including Phuket and Hanoi, as well as Nice (November 24), Budapest (January 17), Bucharest (January 17) and Brussels (January 31).
By 2013, Qatar Airways plans to serve 120 key business and leisure destinations worldwide with a modern fleet of 120 aircraft. Today, the airline’s fleet stands at 88 aircraft, flying to 92 destinations across Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North and South America.
The DOHA – BANGKOK schedules with effect from 1st November are:
Depart Doha QR610 at 0810 hrs, arrive Bangkok 1855 hrs
QR612 at 2100 hrs, arrive Bangkok 0745 hrs the following day
Depart Bangkok QR613 at 0915 hrs, arrive Doha 1155 hrs
QR611 at 2330 hrs, arrive Doha 2310 hrs
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Depart Doha QR614 at 00:50 hrs, arrive Bangkok 11:35 hrs
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays
Depart Bangkok QR615 at 0235 hrs, arrive Doha 0600 hrs
Effective 3rd November:
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
Depart Doha QR616 at 0050 hrs, arrive Bangkok 1135hrs
Mondays, Thursday and Fridays
Depart Bangkok QR617 at 0235 hrs, arrive Doha 0600 hrs
|The DOHA – PHUKET schedules via Kuala Lumpur, with effect from 12th October are:|
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Depart Doha QR624 at 0150 hrs, arrive Phuket 1615 hrs
Depart Phuket QR625 at 1735 hrs, arrive Doha 2330 hrs
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
Depart Doha QR622 at 0820 hrs, arrive Phuket 2230 hrs
Depart Phuket QR623 at 2359 hrs, arrive Doha 0610 hrs
Qatar Airways was recently voted as third best airline in the world following the annual Skytrax survey of 18 million international passengers. In the survey, the airline was also voted as having the best Business Class service and catering in the world, as well as being honoured as the Best Airline in The Middle East for the fifth consecutive year.
Qatar Airways also became the first airline to receive the Staff Service Excellence Award for the Middle East. The new award replaces the Best Cabin Staff in the Middle East category, which Qatar Airways has won for the past seven years. The expanded category now includes airline staff at all passenger touch points, including onboard, reservations, check-in and airport personnel.
Qatar Airways has orders for 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline is one of the customers of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five on order and scheduled for delivery from 2012, by which time the New Doha International Airport would have opened. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com and www.ndiaproject.com
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