Sharing this good news from Qatar Airways, they are the first ever and only Middle East airline to fly to Vietnam and to Phuket, Thailand. More travel options are offered to travelers and this is a part of their global expansion plans and absorbing the growing market of the Asia Pacific when it comes to tourism and travel. Next year and til 2013, more regions and countries all over the world will be covered by Qatar Airways.
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Qatar Airways Flight QR 614 arrives in Hanoi to a traditional water salute at Noi Bai International Airport. The flight from Doha operated via Bangkok.
Qatar Airways continues to expand its operations in Asia with the launch of 14 new flights to Thailand and seven additional services to Vietnam, increasing the total number of flights to both markets from 18 to 39 a week effective November 1.
The significant capacity increase reflects the growing importance of the Asia Pacific market and Qatar Airways’ focus on targeting under-served routes to maximise connectivity between Europe and Asia via Doha as part of its global expansion strategy. It is the first and only Middle East carrier to fly to Vietnam and to Phuket in Thailand. (more news below)
In Vietnam, the airline introduced its latest Hanoi-Doha service via Bangkok four times weekly and added three new flights to Ho Chi Minh City. Qatar Airways now operates 11 flights a week to Doha spread across Vietnam’s two largest cities, up from its previous four services a week to Ho Chi Minh City.
Qatar Airways is also celebrating 10 years of flying to Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok this year with the introduction of a new daily flight, taking capacity up from double to thrice-daily services. Four of the new Bangkok flights continue onto Hanoi and three onto Ho Chi Minh City. Passengers originating in Thailand or Vietnam can also purchase tickets to fly between Bangkok and both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on Qatar Airways.
The airline’s Doha-Phuket service via Kuala Lumpur which began with six-flights-a-week on October 12 has also been stepped up to daily services since the beginning of November. Total number of flights between Qatar and Thailand now stands at 28 a week from the initial 14 services.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker and VIP delegation are greeted at
Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi following the airline’s inaugural flight to the Vietnamese capital. / Qatar Airways Flight QR 614 arrives to a red carpet ceremony at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, the airline’s latest destination.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker who was on board the inaugural flight into Hanoi on November 1 and the new service to Phuket on November 4 thanked government officials and partners of both countries for their support.
The travel market in Asia is experiencing significant growth and one which Al Baker stressed Qatar Airways was well placed to take advantage of.
“IATA statistics have passenger demand in the Asia Pacific region up over 10 per cent on the previous year. The timing of Qatar airways’ expansion drive in Asia couldn’t be better to take advantage of this increase in traffic,” he said.
The launch of Hanoi flights sees Qatar Airways’ Asia Pacific route network extend to 18 destinations. Globally, Qatar Airways has launched a further seven new routes since February 2010 – Bengaluru (Bangalore), Copenhagen, Ankara, Tokyo, Barcelona, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires.
Al Baker outlined Qatar Airways’ global expansion plans, highlighting the airline’s focus on targeting underserved routes and maximising connectivity to key cities beyond Doha. The airline’s growth in Europe featured strongly with Qatar Airways to introduce five new European destinations over the next five months including Nice (November 24), Budapest (January 17), Bucharest (January 17), Brussels (January 31) and Stuttgart (March 9).
By 2013, Qatar Airways plans to serve 120 key business and leisure destinations worldwide with a modern fleet of 120 aircraft. Today, the airline’s fleet stands at 90 aircraft, flying to 94 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North and South America.
The DOHA – HANOI schedules are:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (via Bangkok)
QR614 at 0050 hrs, arrive Hanoi 1445 hrs
QR615 at 2330 hrs, arrive Doha 0600 hrs + 1 day
The DOHA – HO CHI MINH CITY schedules are:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
QR688 at 0700 hrs, arrive Ho Chi Minh City 1820 hrs
QR689 at 1950 hrs, arrive Doha 0005 hrs + 1 day
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays (via Bangkok)
QR616 at 0050 hrs, arrive Ho Chi Minh City 1435 hrs
QR617 at 2345 hrs, arrive Doha 0600 hrs + 1 day
The DOHA – BANGKOK schedules are:
QR610 at 0820 hrs, arrive Bangkok 1830 hrs
QR612 at 2050 hrs, arrive Bangkok 0659 hrs the following day
QR613 at 0915 hrs, arrive Doha 1155 hrs
QR611 at 2330 hrs, arrive Doha 2310 hrs
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
QR614 at 0050 hrs, arrive Bangkok 1135 hrs
QR615 at 0235 hrs, arrive Doha 0600 hrs
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
QR616 at 0050 hrs, arrive Bangkok 1135 hrs
QR617 at 0235 hrs, arrive Doha 0600 hrs
The DOHA – PHUKET schedules via Kuala Lumpur are:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
QR624 at 0150 hrs, arrive Phuket 1555 hrs
QR625 at 1735 hrs, arrive Doha 2350 hrs
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
QR622 at 0830 hrs, arrive Phuket 2225 hrs
QR623 at 2359 hrs, arrive Doha 0635 hrs
Saturday, November 13, 2010
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