Qatar Airways celebrated the start of its new direct non-stop service from Doha to Chiang Mai on Wednesday (December 13), its inaugural flight greeted with a traditional water-cannon salute.
The new seasonal service operates four times weekly from Doha, with a flight time of just over six hours.
“Today’s inaugural flight to historic Chiang Mai marks a further growth in the already strong bonds between the State of Qatar and the Kingdom of Thailand,” said Qatari Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim bin Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti.
“I am very proud that Qatar Airways now flies to four beautiful destinations in Thailand and will soon add its fifth, with Pattaya joining its global network in January. The increase in business, tourism and trade between our two nations that these flights support cannot be underestimated and it gives me great pleasure to celebrate with the people of Chiang Mai on this occasion.”
Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker noted that Thailand continues to grow in popularity with holiday-makers from his country.
“The new route we have launched today reflects the increasing demand from our customers across our network for more high-quality leisure destinations, especially in the Far East.
“With the choice of four flights a week, passengers travelling from Chiang Mai are now connected seamlessly to more than 150 destinations, via our state-of-the-art hub in Doha. We will add a fifth Thai destination when we expand our services to include Pattaya, starting on January 28.”
Qatar Airways flies an Airbus A330-200 aircraft to Chiang Mai, offering 24 seats in Business class and 236 seats in Economy.
The jet’s entertainment system offers up to 4,000 entertainment options.
The seasonal service will operate from December 12 into May and resume for the winter 2018 season next October.