- Flights will be operated initially with one weeklyfrequency every Sunday
- The airline recently announced the upcoming resumption offlights to destinations including Maldives, Berlin, Prague, Toronto,Kilimanjaro, Venice and Zanzibar
BEIJING, CHINA - MediaOutReach - 17 July2020 - QatarAirways is pleased to announce that it will resume Guangzhou scheduledpassenger services with an initial one weekly flight starting 26 July. The SouthernChina economic and commercial centre becomes the latest destination to join theglobal network the airline is gradually rebuilding, in addition to the recentlyannounced flight resumptions to Bali, Maldives, Beirut, Belgrade, Berlin, Edinburgh,Larnaca, Prague, Zagreb, Ankara, Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, Bucharest, Sofia and Venice.
The much-anticipated resumption of Guangzhou passenger flights willfurther enhance the airline's commitment to the Chinese market by providing passengersaccess between Doha, China and beyond via the airline's award-winning hub,Hamad International Airport (HIA), which was recently voted 'Best Airport inthe Middle East' for the sixth year in a row by the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2020.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Bakersaid: "The resumption of Guangzhou passenger services is one of the significantsteps taken by Qatar Airways to demonstrate our confidence in the gradualrecovery of the regional travel market and global connectivity. Since the COVID-19crisis started, we have challenged ourselves to be at the forefront and combatthe effects of this global pandemic, by volunteering our services to deliver worldwidemedical supplies coordinated by Chinese Embassies and Consulates.
"In addition to scheduled freighter services,we have also operated a large number of charters and freight-only passengeraircraft to meet China's surging demand for imports and exports. With theresumption of passenger flights, we will have 52 flights in total, comprisingof passenger freighters, belly-hold cargo flights and freighters in and out ofMainland China each week, providing more than 2500 tonnes of weekly cargocapacity each way."
"Qatar Airways been closely working with thelocal authorities to secure regulatory approval and ensure we are staying up todate with the latest in airport procedures and the most advanced safety andhygiene measures onboard. The return of Guangzhou in our international network willhelp to re-establish the connection between Doha and China that directlybenefits our customers and trade partners. We continue to uphold our core missionof being the trusted airline that gets people home safely and look forward tofurther strengthening our schedule to China by increasing frequencies anddestinations as operating environment permits."
The airline's share of the passenger and air cargo market has grownsignificantly over the past three months. Qatar Airways has remained inoperation throughout the COVID-19 crisis, and has operated a significantschedule of over 17,000 flights, including over 300 special charters to morethan two million people home globally. The airline has also been running arobust cargo operation globally, with up to 180 dedicated cargo flights daily,and has transported over 580,000 tonnes of cargo all around the world.
During the past months, Qatar Airways Cargo has also worked closely withgovernments and NGOs to transport over 250,000 tonnes of medical and aidsupplies to impacted regions around the world on both scheduled and charterservices. This equates to roughly 2,500 fully loaded Boeing 777 freighters.
Qatar Airways has further enhanced its onboard safety measures forpassengers and cabin crew, including the use of Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) suits for cabin crew while onboard, as well as a modified service thatreduces interactions between the passengers and the crew inflight. Cabin Crewhave already been wearing PPE during flights, including gloves and facemasks. Recently,Qatar Airways has also introduced new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits forpassengers that include a facemask, disposable gloves and hand sanitiser. Inaddition, passengers will be provided a face shield visor, available in adultand children size, for their use in conjunction with facemask during flights.
The airline recently announced plans togradually rebuild its network in line with the evolution of passenger demandand the expected relaxation of entry restrictions around the world. By the endof July, the airline plans to expand its network to over 70 destinations. Tofind out where the airline is still flying, visit https://qatarairways.com/en/travel-alerts/COVID-19-update.html.
Notes to Editors
Qatar Airwaysis the national carrier of the State of Qatar. As a multiple award-winningairline, Qatar Airways was named 'World's Best Airline' by the 2019 WorldAirline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisationSkytrax. It was also named 'Best Airline in the Middle East', 'World's BestBusiness Class' and 'Best Business Class Seat', in recognition of itsground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. Qatar Airways is the onlyairline to have been awarded the coveted "Skytrax Airline of the Year" title,which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, fivetimes.
Qsuite, apatented Qatar Airways product, features the industry's first-ever double bedin Business Class, as well as privacy panels that stow away, allowingpassengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of itskind in the industry.
Qatar Airwayswas the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance oneworld, enablingits passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 160countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
Oryx One,Qatar Airways' in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 4,000entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music,games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by itsB787, B777, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay intouch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winningairline's on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.
Qatar Airwaysproudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiativesdedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, theofficial FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sportingevents, including the FIFA 2022 World Cup, reflecting the values of sports as ameans of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline's ownbrand message - Going Places Together.
Qatar AirwaysCargo, one of the world's leading international air cargo carriers, serves morethan 60 freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and alsodelivers freight to more than 160 key business and leisure destinationsglobally on more than 250 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes twoBoeing 747-8 freighters, 21 Boeing 777 freighters and five Airbus A330freighters.
QatarExecutive is the private jet charter division of Qatar Airways Group. Luxuryjet services are available for worldwide charter on board the operator's wholly-ownedbusiness jet fleet. Qatar Executive is the launch customer for Gulfstream'sG700, the world's first commercial service operator of the Gulfstream G500 andlargest commercial operator of the G650ER worldwide. Qatar Executive's serviceportfolio also includes aircraft management, maintenance and Fixed BasedOperator services.