Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways Akbar Al Baker (third right) with top officials at Hangzhou.
DOHA/HANGZHOU: Qatar Airways added its last route of the year and seventh route in China, when Flight QR 868 landed in Hangzhou, the capital city as well as the largest city of Zhejiang Province in Eastern China, on Friday afternoon.
The new Hangzhou–Doha flight will be operated four times a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
An Airbus A330 will be operated on the route in a two-class configuration featuring 24 seats in the business class and 236 seats in the economy.
“As a route, Hangzhou has strong potential when linked with key destinations in Europe, the Americas, Middle East and Africa; now all easily accessible via Doha through a convenient non-stop flight. China’s outbound tourism has been growing rapidly in the past decade, and we look forward to bringing more passengers from and to Hangzhou, helping to further boost leisure and business travel in China,” said Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Airways, while addressing a media meet at Hangzhou.
The new route is airline’s seventh destination in China, with services to other cities, including Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and also Hong Kong.
A total of 45 weekly services are offered non-stop between Doha and each of these cities.
Hangzhou is an important economic and touristic centre for China. According to Forbes 2012, Hangzhou was named the second best city for doing business in China and also one of the most prosperous cities in terms of GDP per capita income. Qatar Airways had a strong presence in China this year, launching two new routes and also celebrated 10 years of services. Chengdu was introduced to the airline’s route network in September.
“Starting from 2003, Qatar Airways has progressively developed operations and business in China. Our widespread presence in the country with seven gateways clearly demonstrates our commitment and response to the growing demand from passengers to and from this region,” said Al Baker.
During the press conference Al Baker also stressed that Doha’s role as a future hub for global travellers would be greatly enhanced. “By joining the oneworld alliance as well as opening the new state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport next year, Qatar Airways is in a great position for presenting a modern hub for business and leisure travelers around the world.’’
Shen Jian, Chairman of Hangzhou International Airport and Fang Chun Lin, Chief Executive Officer of Hangzhou International Airport as well as Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer Marwan Koleilat were also present during the function.