by BA Staff
Doha-based Qatar Airways commenced scheduled thrice a week flights to Chengdu, the airline’s 130th destination and sixth in China, after Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Chongqing. The airline now operates 41 flights a week to the country. The Chengdu route is operated with an Airbus A330 in a two-class configuration of up to 248 seats in Economy and 36 in Business Class.
|Qatar Airways A330 receiving the traditional water cannon salute on its first flight to Chengdu|
Flight QR884 arrived at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport to an impressive water salute, following its non-stop journey from the airline’s operational hub in Doha, capital of the State of Qatar.
Chengdu is the economic hub of western China, and the nation’s electronics manufacturing and information technology hub. Chengdu is also growing in aerospace, metallurgy and petroleum. Qatar Airways flights will improve access especially from the mineral rich African nations China has been wooing for ore supplies, etc., and the flight schedules reflect the connectivity the airline is aiming for.
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
QR884 departs Doha at 02:00 arrives Chengdu at 14:30 hrs
Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
QR885 depart Chengdu at 01:00 hrs arrives Doha at 03:50 hrs
Over the next few months, the network will expand with the addition of further destinations – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 18), Ta’if, Saudi Arabia (October 2), Clark International Airport, Philippines (October 27), and Philadelphia, PA, USA (April 2, 2014).