National airline Qatar Airways recently launched its final new route of the year – Hangzhou in China. This is the airline’s seventh route in China, following on from the introduction of Chengdu in September.

The new Hangzhou – Doha flight will fly four times a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. An Airbus A330 will operate on the route in a two-class configuration featuring 24 seats in Business Class and 236 seats in Economy.

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,’ said the airline’s Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker.

Hangzhou is an important economic and touristic center for China. It was named the second best city for doing business in China, according to Forbes 2012. It is also one of the most prosperous cities in terms of GDP per capita income.

The new route is the airline’s seventh destination in the country, with services to other cities in mainland China, including Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and also Hong Kong. A total of 45 weekly services are offered non-stop between Doha and each of these cities. 

On 30 October 2013, Qatar Airways joined the oneworld Alliance, becoming the only major Gulf carrier to join a global airline alliance, enabling its customers to benefit from almost a thousand airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,000 daily departures.