Cathay Pacific launches Hong Kong-Doha deal with Qatar Airways
Cathay Pacific Airways and Qatar Airways, members of the oneworld alliance, have announced a strategic agreement on services operated by both airlines between Hong Kong and Doha, effective March 30th 2014.
The agreement between the two airlines is expected to generate a wide range of benefits for customers. Under the new agreement, Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways will each operate one flight between Hong Kong and Qatar daily, offering premium products and services to passengers travelling to and from the two cities.
Cathay Pacific makes its debut on the Doha route on March 30th, launching a daily service using Airbus A330-300 aircraft with a three-class configuration: Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class.
Cathay Pacific chief executive John Slosar said: “Cathay Pacific has a strong commitment to serving the Middle East and we are pleased to enter into this agreement with oneworld partner Qatar Airways, and at the same time launch our own new service to Doha.
“This exciting business opportunity will help us maximise the potential of the market between Qatar and Hong Kong and enable both airlines to create synergies that will improve the overall travel experience for our customers.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 13:46
Qatar Airways unveils A380 First Class
Qatar Airways unveiled the cabin interior of its Airbus A380s at the ITB trade fair in Berlin on Wednesday, which features a new first-class product.
With a customised interior, the new A380s will enter service this year. Thirteen such aircraft have been ordered by the airline.
The new First Class A380 seat features a 90-inch seat pitch, transforming into a fully flat bed, together with entertainment options displayed on individual 19-inch television screens.
First class passengers will have access to an exclusive lounge on board, and the new cabin will also offer a “dining for two” option in which passengers can sit opposite one another. The Gulf carrier claimed passengers will be able to sit in this position even during take-off.
Qatar Airways will inaugurate the A380 on services between the brand-new Hamad International airport in Doha and London Heathrow later this year.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 12:12
Qatar Airways launches free Doha city tour for transit passengers
Qatar Airways has launched a free Doha city tour for passengers who are transiting through Doha.
This joint initiative, between Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority, will provide passengers with a unique transit experience.
Passengers travelling with Qatar Airways who have between five and twelve hours transit time in Doha can take advantage of the free city tour by visiting the Doha City Tour counter at Doha International Airport Transit terminal.
The tour takes around three hours and includes visits to some of the key landmarks around Doha city including the Museum of Islamic Art, the Corniche, West Bay area, Katara Cultural and Heritage Village, The Pearl Qatar and Souq Waqif.
The tour is conducted in an air-conditioned coach and is on a first come first serve basis subject to seat availability on coach.
An English-speaking guide is on hand to provide information and insights about Doha for the duration of the tour.
Currently undergoing rapid expansion, Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world.
Now in its 17th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 129 aircraft flying to 134 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 15:47
Qatar Airways now lands in DWC and Sharjah Airport
Sharjah, UAE – Qatar Airways has continued its aggressive expansion plans with the launch today of two new regional routes, thereby growing its strong connections within the Middle East.
The new routes, to Sharjah and Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), will both operate daily from the airline’s hub in Doha and add to the existing Qatar Airways network of flights to Dubai (DXB) and Abu Dhabi, doubling the total number of destinations within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from two to four.
Last Updated on Sunday, 02 March 2014 17:12
Passengers invited to View Heathrow from new plane spotting platform
Passengers at Heathrow can now enjoy some plane spotting as they wait for their own flight to depart.
The new ‘View Heathrow’ platform at Terminal 4 is the first of its kind at Heathrow since the old Terminal 2’s viewing platform was closed along with the building itself.
The new 270 degree observation deck has a view of the southern runway, the control tower and British Airways’ Concorde.
Fixed ipads on the platform show live flight radars so that visitors can identify the aircraft movements in front of them as well as binoculars to get a better view.
Kathryn Leahy, Terminal 4 director said: “We are proud to be opening this viewing facility for passengers.
“We know that many travellers enjoy plane spotting and we are pleased to be able to provide them with the opportunity to do so once again.”
The deck, located between gates 15 and 16 was converted from an unused former airline lounge.
The observation deck is open to all passengers in Terminal Four during normal operating hours.
Visitors to ‘View Heathrow’ can share their experience by hash-tagging their photos and Twitter comments with #ViewHeathrow.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 17:43
Etihad announces daily service to Phuket
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will expand its network in South East Asia with the launch of a non-stop daily service between Abu Dhabi and Phuket.
Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and has emerged as one of the world’s most popular destinations for both holidays and retirement. Located in the Andaman Sea, tourists flock to the island for its pristine natural beaches and year-round sunshine.
The new route will launch on 26 October 2014 using two-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft, with 22 Pearl Business seats and 240 Coral Economy seats. The flights have been scheduled to provide optimal connectivity between Phuket and key markets across Europe and the GCC.
Phuket will become the second destination in Thailand to be served by Etihad Airways, and the seventh in South East Asia, alongside Bangkok, Singapore, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City and Jakarta.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 15:23
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