Qatar Airways has opened offices in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai as part of the national carrier’s expansion in China.
The airline now operates 20 scheduled flights a week from Doha to China. The capital Beijing is served four times a week; Shanghai five weekly; Hong Kong daily; and Guangzhou with four flights a week, rising to five services from May 1.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker said: “Qatar and China are celebrating 20 years of bilateral relations this year and the relationship between both countries has grown from strength to strength.
“Since Qatar Airways entered the Chinese market in 2003 with flights to Shanghai, we have steadily increased our presence to this dynamic part of the world to now cover three other important gateway cities, including our latest route to Guangzhou.
“It is an honour for me as Qatar Airways CEO to be able to offer the travelling public to and from China a wider choice of flights and to serve the increasingly important business traveller,” he said.
As trade between the two countries increases and business between other countries and China steps up, Qatar Airways and its diverse network of destinations worldwide is able to facilitate travel to China’s prosperous political, financial and cosmopolitan cities.
Al-Baker also expressed delight at the hospitality and warmth of the people of China.
A raffle draw was held by the airline at the gala dinner hosted by it as part of its Guangzhou route launch. Business class tickets to the airline’s destinations were given away to the winners.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 62 Airbus and Boeing aircraft to some 82 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, the Subcontinent, Far East and North America.
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