Addressing the Chinese media at the launch of Qatar Airways’ seventh Chinese route to Hangzhou were (left to right): Hangzhou Airport Chairman Shen Jian; Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker; Hangzhou Airport CEO Fang Chun Lin; and Qatar Airways CCO Marwan Koleilat.
- Qatar Airways began its 121st destination on 20 December, linking its hub in Doha (DOH) to Hangzhou (HGH). Hangzhou is the airline’s seventh route in China, and was preceded by Chengdu, which was introduced to the airline’s route network in September. The 6,666-kilometre sector will be operated four times weekly by the oneworld carrier’s A330 fleet and will face no direct competition. Presently, neither of the remaining MEB3 carriers — namely Emirates and Etihad Airways — serves Hangzhou, from their respective hubs. Speaking at the press conference, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “As a route, Hangzhou has strong potential when linked with key destinations in Europe, the Americas, Middle East and Africa; now all easily accessible via Doha through a convenient non-stop flight.” See how Hangzhou Airport’s welcome FTWA compares to the six others offered by the world’s airports.