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Qatar Air to add route to China’s Chengdu

Doha carrier will service Chinese transit hub three times a week

Qatar Air to add route to China’s Chengdu
A Qatar Airways Airbus A320 takes off from Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009. Qatar Airways operated on Monday the worlds first commercial flight using propellant derived from natural gas as the Gulf state seeks to exploit its status as the worlds largest producer of the fuel. Photographer: Michele Tantussi/Bloomberg

Qatar Airways is to begin a three times-a-week service to the Chinese city of Chengdu from September 3.

The Doha-based airline will service the route with an Airbus A330 in a two-class configuration, with 248 seats in economy and 36 in business class.

Qatar Airways said it is targeting Chinese tourist and business travellers to countries including France, Germany, Italy and the UK. Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport offers 72-hour visa transit to 45 different countries.

"The new service is part of the airline's commitment to boost services to the Far East and Asia Pacific," said Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways.

"China is one of our key markets and we are excited to further expand our footprint in China, allowing us to provide greater options for business and leisure travellers ready to take advantage of new flights to and from another entry point in China."

Chengdu, a major city located in western China’s Sichuan Province, is the country’s fourth busiest air transit point. Other Chinese points served by Qatar Airways include Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Fast-growing Qatar Airways has launched six other new destinations this year, including Chicago, Iraq’s Basra, Phnom Penh in Cambodia and Gassim in Saudi Arabia.

In the coming months it is set to launch routes to Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, Philadelphia, Clark International in the Philippines and Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan.

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