Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong’s flagship airline, celebrated the launch of its new service between Doha and Hong Kong. The first flight from Hong Kong touched down at Doha International Airport (DIA) on 30 March 2014 and was welcomed with a traditional water canon salute.

Cathay Pacific’s new service between Doha and Hong Kong is operated by the airline’s fleet of A330-300 aircraft featuring its award-winning Business Class, new Premium Economy and refreshed Economy Class. Speaking at the first flight ceremony in DIA, Cathay Pacific’s Country Manager Qatar and UAE, Brian Yuen, said:

We are delighted to add Doha to our network and offer our passengers greater choice and convenience when travelling to Hong Kong and beyond.  Our award winning in-flight products delivered by the world’s best cabin crew will ensure our passengers arrive at their destination relaxed and refreshed.’

Cathay Pacific offers an extensive network covering over 180 destinations via its Hong Kong hub. To celebrate the launch of this new service, the airline is offering a special introductory fare to passengers travelling from Qatar to all destinations beyond Hong Kong in the airline’s international network. The introductory fare offer is available for sale for a limited period from 31 March to 30 April 2014 on Cathay Pacific operated flights only. Bookings can be made through the airline’s official website at Cathay Pacific’s website or Cathay Pacific’s reservation office in Doha.

Senior Manager, Public Relations and Communications at DIA, Abdulaziz Al Mass, said:

We celebrated Cathay Pacific’s debut in Qatar with a water cannon salute and look forward to welcoming its passengers at DIA. The start of Cathay Pacific’s services to DIA underlines Qatar’s ever-growing importance as an international transport hub and opens onward travel options for passengers to Asia and beyond. As we continue to announce year-on-year growth at the airport, this partnership is testament to our commitment to delivering a variety of travel options for all our passengers, as well as a seamless and hassle-free experience.’

Cathay Pacific’s new services between Doha and Hong Kong were the result of a strategic agreement with oneworld alliance partner, Qatar Airways. The new agreement will give customers of both airlines more opportunities to earn and redeem frequent flyer points or miles. Top-tier members from Cathay Pacific’s The Marco Polo Club and Qatar Airways’ The Privilege Club will enjoy reciprocal benefits when travelling on flights between Hong Kong and Qatar, including lounge access, extra baggage allowances, priority boarding and many other priority services.

For more information, visit Cathay Pacific Airways’ website.