Qatar Air­ways takes cen­tre stage at China expo

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Qatar Air­ways took cen­tre stage at the China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo (CIIE), as it un­veiled a host of its lat­est, state-of-theart prod­ucts and ser­vices.

This in­cluded its ‘Qsuite’ busi­ness class seat at an in­ter­ac­tive stand, its cargo of­fer­ing and ser­vices of­fered as part of ‘Dis­cover Qatar’, the des­ti­na­tion man­age­ment spe­cial­ist sub­sidiary of Qatar Air­ways, which plays a piv­otal role in the growth of Qatar’s tourism in­dus­try. Qatar’s am­bas­sador to China, Sul­tan bin Salmeen al-Mansouri along with HE the Un­der­sec­re­tary at the Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try Sul­tan bin Rashid al-Khater, vis­ited the Qatar Air­ways in­ter­ac­tive stand yes­ter­day at the CIIE and had a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the “rev­o­lu­tion­ary” Qsuite.

Or­gan­ised by China’s Min­istry of Com­merce and the Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal Peo­ple’s Gov­ern­ment, with the World Trade Or­gan­i­sa­tion, United Na­tions Con­fer­ence on Trade and De­vel­op­ment and United Na­tions In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion as part­ners, the CIIE is the world’s first na­tional-level expo to be set up with im­ports as the theme, aim­ing to open up new chan­nels through which coun­tries can strengthen trade co-op­er­a­tion and drive eco­nomic growth.

The Qsuite fea­tures the in­dus­try’s firstever dou­ble bed avail­able in busi­ness class, as well as pri­vate cab­ins for up to four peo­ple with pri­vacy pan­els that stow away, al­low­ing pas­sen­gers in ad­join­ing seats to cre­ate their own pri­vate room, a first of its kind in the in­dus­try.

Qatar Air­ways Cargo, the world’s sec­ond largest cargo car­rier, and Dis­cover Qatar, the des­ti­na­tion man­age­ment spe­cial­ist sub­sidiary of Qatar Air­ways, are par­tic­i­pat­ing at the expo to pro­mote their ser­vices and notable re­cent ac­com­plish­ments.

Qatar Air­ways group chief ex­ec­u­tive Ak­bar al-Baker said, “We are very pleased to be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo, as Qatar Air­ways has long cel­e­brated strong eco­nomic and trade links with China. The expo comes just as Qatar Air­ways proudly cel­e­brates 15 years of ser­vices to China, which we com­menced in Oc­to­ber 2003 with flights to Shang­hai.

“Our com­mit­ment to China re­mains strong – as well as hav­ing a grow­ing cargo of­fer­ing in China, we now fly pas­sen­gers to seven gate­ways in Greater China and most re­cently have in­tro­duced our patented ‘Qsuite’ Busi­ness Class seat on our Shang­hai route, giv­ing pas­sen­gers the best ex­pe­ri­ence in the skies to­day. “The China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo will pro­vide Qatar Air­ways with ad­di­tional ex­po­sure to key trade mar­kets, while strength­en­ing our ex­ist­ing re­la­tion­ship with the Chi­nese mar­ket. Par­tic­i­pat­ing in this in­au­gu­ral expo fur­ther bol­sters our pres­ence in China.”

In Oc­to­ber 2018, Qatar Air­ways cel­e­brated 15 years of ser­vice to and from China, with its first flight to China be­gin­ning in Oc­to­ber 2003 to Shang­hai. Qatar Air­ways cur­rently op­er­ates 45 weekly flights to seven Greater China gate­ways: Shang­hai, Bei­jing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu and Hong Kong.

In May this year, Qatar Air­ways’ Qsuite de­buted on the Shang­hai route and will be wel­com­ing Bei­jing-based pas­sen­gers on­board from De­cem­ber 2018.

Last month, Qatar Air­ways Cargo com­menced freighter ser­vices to Ma­cau, the car­rier’s fourth freighter des­ti­na­tion in Greater China, af­ter Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Shang­hai. The car­rier has also in­tro­duced transpa­cific freighter ser­vices, pro­vid­ing di­rect flights over the Pa­cific, from Ma­cau to North Amer­ica, re­sult­ing in re­duced flight times and faster ser­vices for cus­tomers.

China is a key mar­ket for Qatar Air­ways Cargo and with 75 fre­quen­cies each week that in­clude freighters and belly-hold flights, the cargo car­rier of­fers more than 3,800 tonnes of weekly cargo ca­pac­ity to and from Greater China.

Al-Mansouri along with HE al-Khater vis­it­ing the Qatar Air­ways in­ter­ac­tive stand at the CIIE yes­ter­day.

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