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BEIJING,05 August 2013 – Beginning Sept. 3, 2013, Qatar Airways will begin thrice-weekly scheduled flights to and from Chengdu, a major economic centre of western China.The Doha – Chengdu route will celebrate 10 years of Qatar Airways services in China since 2003. Chengdu will join Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Chongqing as the airline’s sixth gateway into China. Qatar Airways will operate three flights a week to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport using an Airbus A330 in a two-class configuration of up to 248 seats in Economy and up to 36 in Business Class.“The new service is part of the airline’s commitment to boost services to the Far East and Asia Pacific,” said Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways. “China is one of our key markets and we are excited to further expand our footprint in China, allowing us to provide greater options for business and leisure travellers ready to take advantage of new flights to and from another entry point in China.”The launch of Qatar Airways in Chengdu will give easy access to tourist and business travellers in China to France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and Middle East, all served by Qatar Airways. To tempt international visitors, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport now offers a 72 hour visa-free transit to over 45 different countries. As such, the Chengdu route is set to become a modern “Silk Road”, connecting western China to over 125 destinations worldwide via Doha, including Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas.In recent years, Chengdu has become a popular destination for many reasons. Some of them include:• Consistently voted as one of China’s greenest and most liveable cities, Chengdu is often called “The City of Hibiscus” • Chengdu is home to the world recognised Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding • As the Capital of Western China’s Sichuan province, Chengdu enjoys a subtropical monsoon climate and annual average temperatures of 16°C• Chengdu is also a key regional base for science, technology and commerce in China, representing the 4th wealthiest city in China, and the Asia Pacific’s 10th best city for foreign investments • Nearly half of the Fortune 500 companies have chosen to operate in Chengdu by June 2013 • As China’s fourth busiest international airport, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is rapidly establishing itself as an important regional transportation hub.
“We are pleased to introduce Chengdu as our sixth and newest China’s gateway and look forward to welcoming travellers from Chengdu to fly with us to many parts of the world and, similarly welcome visitors from around the world to this great city,” continued Al Baker.Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 125 aircraft to 128 key business and leisure destinations worldwide.Qatar Airways has so far launched six destinations this year – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman) and Basra (Iraq). Over the next few months, the network will expand with the addition of further destinations – Sulaymaniyah, Iraq (August 20), Chengdu, China (September 3), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 18), Clark International Airport, Philippines (October 27) and Philadelphia, USA (2 April 2014).
The DOHA – CHENGDU schedules: 3-times-a-week, effective September 3, 2013.Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays QR884 Depart Doha at 0200 hrs Arrive Chengdu at 1430 hrs The CHENGDU– DOHA schedules: 3-times-a-week, effective September 4, 2013.Wednesdays, Fridays and SundaysQR885 Depart Chengdu at 0100 hrs Arrive Doha at 0350 hrs
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Notes to Editors: Qatar Airways currently has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 Family of aircraft. Its Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport was named Best Premium Service Airport for the third consecutive year in 2013 by Skytrax. Skytrax is the only global independent passenger survey monitoring airline standards and is considered the ultimate benchmark for excellence in the airline industry. In October 2012, Qatar Airways became the first of the major Gulf carriers to officially announce plans to join a global alliance having been invited into the oneworld group. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
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