Qatar Airways opens Chengdu route

Stone Elephant Lake © Qatar Airways

Stone Elephant Lake © Qatar Airways

Starting in September 2013, Qatar Airways will start scheduled flights to and from Chengdu, a major economic centre of western China.

The route between Doha/Qatar and Chengdu/China will celebrate 10 years of Qatar Airways services in China since 2003. Chengdu will join Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Chongqing as the airline’s sixth gateway into China.

Qatar Airways will operate three flights a week to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport using an Airbus A330 in a two-class configuration of up to 248 seats in Economy and up to 36 in Business Class.

The launch of Qatar Airways in Chengdu will give easy access to tourist and business travellers in China to France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and Middle East, all served by Qatar Airways. To tempt international visitors, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport now offers a 72 hour visa-free transit to over 45 different countries. As such, the Chengdu route is set to become a modern “Silk Road”, connecting western China to over 125 destinations worldwide via Doha, including Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas.

In recent years, Chengdu has become a popular destination for many reasons. Some of them include:
• Consistently voted as one of China’s greenest and most liveable cities, Chengdu is often called “The City of Hibiscus”
• Chengdu is home to the world recognised Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
• As the Capital of Western China’s Sichuan province, Chengdu enjoys a subtropical monsoon climate and annual average temperatures of 16°C
• Chengdu is also a key regional base for science, technology and commerce in China, representing the 4th wealthiest city in China, and the Asia Pacific’s 10th best city for foreign investments
• Nearly half of the Fortune 500 companies have chosen to operate in Chengdu by June 2013
• As China’s fourth busiest international airport, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is rapidly establishing itself as an important regional transportation hub.

The Chengdu–Doha schedules: 3-times-a-week, effective September 4, 2013.
Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
QR885 Depart Chengdu at 0100 hrs Arrive Doha at 0350 hrs

More info & booking:
www.qatarairways.com

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