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Article from BTNews 5 DECEMBER 2011

Chongqing start for Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways has expanded operations in China with the launch of scheduled flights to Chongqing, the airline’s fifth Chinese destination and 15th route start-up this year.  “A remarkable one for Qatar Airways,” according Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker.  “Qatar Airways is demonstrating confidence of doing business with partners in China and the opening of Chongqing, particularly being an up-and-coming city, shows our commitment to a vibrant economy.”

The new thrice-weekly flights join Qatar Airways four other Chinese destinations – Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.  It is the 110th destination in Qatar Airways global network.

As a major manufacturing centre, Chongqing is a key transportation hub located in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, a vitally important shipping waterway in China.  With Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, it is one of only four municipalities in China which report directly to the national government.

The Chongqing route is operated with an Airbus A330 in a two-class configuration of up to 248 seats in Economy and up to 36 in Business Class.  The aircraft features seatback TV screens providing all passengers in both cabins with the next generation interactive onboard entertainment system – a choice of more than 700 audio and video on-demand options. www.qatarairways.com

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