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Qatar Airways Takes Part In The First China International Import Expo In Shanghai

Qatar Airways showcases its award-winning quad configured Qsuite Business Class seat

Award-winning airline celebrated 15 years of service to China in October, cemented strong commercial ties with signing of various MoUs at China International Import Expo

Qatar Airways offers a total of 75 weekly flights to China across its commercial and cargo business


DOHA, Qatar ─ Qatar Airways took centre stage at the China International Import Expo (CIIE), as it unveiled a host of its latest, state-of-the-art products and services. This included its award-winning Qsuite Business Class experience at an interactive stand, its unrivalled cargo offering and its services offered as part of Discover Qatar, the destination management specialist subsidiary of Qatar Airways, which plays a pivotal role in the growth of Qatar’s tourism industry.

H.E. Sultan bin Salmeen Al Mansouri, Ambassador of the State of Qatar in China, along with H.E. Sultan Bin Rashid Al Khater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the State of Qatar, visited the Qatar Airways interactive stand on Wednesday, 7 November, at the CIIE and had a chance to experience the revolutionary Qsuite.

Organised by the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China and the Shanghai Municipal People's Government, with the World Trade Organization, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and United Nations Industrial Development Organization as organising partners, the CIIE is the world's first national-level expo to be set up with imports as the theme, aiming to open up new channels through which countries can strengthen trade cooperation and drive economic growth.

Qatar Airways is showcasing its award-winning Business Class seat, Qsuite, in its signature quad configuration at the Expo. Qsuite features the industry’s first-ever double bed available in Business Class, as well as private cabins for up to four people with privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of its kind in the industry. Additionally, Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s second largest cargo carrier, and Discover Qatar, the destination management specialist subsidiary of Qatar Airways, are participating at the Expo to promote their services and notable recent accomplishments.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are very pleased  to be participating in the China International Import Expo, as Qatar Airways has long celebrated strong economic and trade links with China. The Expo comes just as Qatar Airways proudly celebrates 15 years of services to China, which we commenced in October 2003 with flights to Shanghai. Our commitment to China remains strong – as well as having a growing cargo offering in China, we now fly passengers to seven gateways in Greater China and most recently have introduced our patented Qsuite Business Class seat on our Shanghai route, giving passengers the best experience in the skies today.

“The China International Import Expo will provide Qatar Airways with additional exposure to key trade markets, while strengthening our existing relationship with the Chinese market. Participating in this inaugural expo further bolsters our presence in China.”

In October 2018, Qatar Airways celebrated 15 years of service to and from China, with its first flight to China beginning in October 2003 to Shanghai. Qatar Airways currently operates 45 weekly flights to seven Greater China gateways: Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu and Hong Kong. In May 2018, Qatar Airways’ award-winning Qsuite Business Class experience debuted on the Shanghai route and will be welcoming Beijing-based passengers onboard from December 2018. 

Last month, Qatar Airways Cargo commenced freighter services to Macau, the carrier’s fourth freighter destination in Greater China, after Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The carrier has also introduced transpacific freighter services, providing direct flights over the Pacific, from Macau to North America, resulting in reduced flight times and faster services for customers. China is a key market for Qatar Airways Cargo and with 75 frequencies each week that include freighters and belly-hold flights, the cargo carrier offers more than 3,800 tonnes of weekly cargo capacity to and from Greater China. Due to ongoing fleet expansion, innovative products and solutions, a growing global network and cargo revenue and tonnages rising each year, Qatar Airways Cargo is progressing rapidly, while offering unparalleled services to its customers. 

Discover Qatar offers a wide selection of pre-bookable Doha city and desert tours for passengers transiting through Qatar. Tours include visiting key landmarks in addition to unique desert safaris. Discover Qatar also provides passengers with first-rate stopover packages, hotels and ground arrangements. In 2017, Nearly 45,000 Chinese tourists visited Doha, an increase of 26 percent compared to the previous year. The boost in tourism numbers from China is largely due to visa-free entry for Chinese nationals visiting Qatar and also increased promotion efforts by Qatar Tourism Authority after Qatar obtained the Approved Destination Status by the China National Tourism Administration in May 2018.

The multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Business Class Seat’, ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’.

One of the world’s fastest-growing airlines, Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft flying to business and leisure destinations across six continents. The airline plans to launch a host of new destinations in 2018, including Gothenburg, Sweden; Mombasa, Kenya; and Da Nang, Vietnam.

Notes to Editors:

About Qatar Airways: 

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating more than 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations. The world’s fastest-growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2018, including Gothenburg, Sweden; Da Nang, Vietnam; Mombasa, Kenya and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft. 

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Business Class Seat,’ ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.

 Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 4,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cups, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message - Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways Cargo, one of the world’s leading international air cargo carriers, serves more than 60 freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on more than 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes two Boeing 747-8 freighters, 15 Boeing 777 freighters and eight Airbus A330 freighters. 

For further information, please contact:

Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department

Tel: +974 4022 2200


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