Qatar Airways has announced its decision to launch thrice a week
service to Chengdu in China. The new flights are set to commence from
September 3, 2013. The airline, which operates out of its hub in Doha
has arrived at this decision in the wake of high passenger demand. The
carrier, which is synonymous with luxury will use the Airbus A330 on
this route. These aircrafts comprise 284 seats of which 248 will be
offered in economy class and 36 will be offered in business class.
The airline said it is trying to tap business and leisure travelers from
China who have interests in other countries like France, Germany,
Italy, and the U.K. The airline understands the potential of 72-hours
transit visa offered at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and aims
to capitalize on this opportunity by offering three flights to the city
per week. These visas are available for 45 countries. Passengers who
wish to fly to the city have an option to book Qatar Airways tickets on
one of its three flights departing each week.
Over the years, China has turned into one of the key markets for the
airline. It has been trying to penetrate into the Chinese aviation
market and expand its presence across the country. Chengdu is one of the
major cities located in the Sichuan Province in the western part of the
country. This city is believed to be another entry point into China.
Apart from Chengdu, the airline offers flights to Beijing, Shanghai, and
Hong Kong. The airline is expanding its international network at a fast