Qatar Airways celebrated the launch of its fourth gateway into Thailand with its inaugural service to Chiang Mai, as Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker, hosted a press conference today at the Shangri-La Hotel in Chiang Mai.
Following the arrival of QR822 on 13 December, the airline’s first flight to Chiang Mai, HE Al Baker discussed Qatar Airways’ ambitious expansion of its global route network. He also highlighted the airline’s commitment to generating tourist traffic to Chiang Mai.
HE Al Baker, who hosted the press conference alongside the Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Yuthasak Supasorn, in the presence of the Thai Ambassador to Qatar, HE Soonthorn Chaiyindeepum, said:
We are very excited to have launched our direct non-stop service to Chiang Mai. As our award-winning airline continues to grow its global network, expanding our presence with a fourth gateway into Thailand has always been a priority for us. We have no doubt that Chiang Mai will prove a very popular destination for holiday-makers looking to explore this beautiful city with its stunning temples and mountain scenery. Putting the city on our global route map also connects local travellers from Chiang Mai to our extensive network of more than 150 destinations with award-winning Qatar Airways.
HE Soonthorn Chaiyindeepum, the Thai Ambassador to Qatar, who joined the press conference, said:
Everyone in Chiang Mai is delighted to welcome Qatar Airways to Thailand’s second largest city. This new route extends the deep bonds of friendship that already exist between our two countries. Nearly 3,400 Thai citizens have made Qatar their home, including 1,224 who work for Qatar Airways.
As Thailand’s second largest city, Chiang Mai is famous for its relaxed lifestyle. The city is a highly-popular tourist destination, with visitors drawn to its hundreds of ancient and beautiful temples, nearby rainforest reserves, stunning mountain scenery and peaceful country villages. But modern Chiang Mai is also home to many international businesses, which have relocated to take advantage of its excellent infrastructure, including direct international flight connections to all the major countries in the region, including flights with Qatar Airways’ codeshare partner, Bangkok Airways.
Qatar Airways will operate four times-weekly service to Chiang Mai with an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which features 24 seats in Business Class and 236 seats in Economy Class. Passengers will be able to enjoy the airline’s superior entertainment system Oryx One, offering up to 4,000 entertainment options.
Doha – Chiang Mai Flight Schedule
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Doha (DOH) to Chiang Mai (CNX) QR822 departs: 19:55 arrives: 06:00
Chiang Mai – Doha Flight Schedule
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Chiang Mai (CNX) to Doha (DOH) QR823 departs: 07:10 arrives: 10:55