Qatar Airways has announced that it will expand its network to Chiang Mai in Thailand from 16 December 2016. The award-winning airline will fly to Chiang Mai five times a week via Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar, with an A330-200.
The largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai will be the fourth city in the Asian country to be served by Qatar Airways, which currently flies to Bangkok and Phuket, and will commence flights to Krabi on 6 December. With the addition of Krabi and Chiang Mai to its network Qatar Airways will increase its flights to Thailand from 39 to 48 per week by the end of 2016.
Qatar Airways Senior Vice President East Asia & South West Pacific, Mr. Marwan Koleilat, said: “As we are constantly expanding our network in South East Asia, the popular tourist destination of Thailand is an obvious target for growth. We have seen increased travel demand for our services to Thailand and now with the introduction of our award-winning product to popular secondary cities such as Chiang Mai and Krabi, we provide overseas visitors and tour operators with greater flexibility and ease of travel when designing their Thailand holiday itineraries.”
The launch of flights to Chiang Mai comes at a time when Qatar Airways is rapidly expanding its network and will inaugurate 14 new destinations on its route map throughout 2016 and into early 2017. New destination launches include: Marrakech (1 July 2016), Pisa (2 August 2016), Windhoek (28 September 2016), Helsinki (10 October 2016) Sarajevo (2 November 2016), Seychelles (12 December 2016), Auckland (6 February 2017), Skopje (2017), Libreville (2017), Douala (2017), Lusaka (summer 2017) and Nice (summer 2017).
The Airbus A330-200 has 24 seats in the Business Class cabin with a 2-2-2 configuration and 180-degree fully-flat bed. The Economy Class cabin features 236 seats in a 2-4-2 / 2-3-2 configuration, with a 32-inch seat pitch and 18.5-inch seat width. Qatar Airways currently has 15 A330-200s in its fleet of 185 aircraft and has been operating this aircraft type since 2002.
Doha (DOH) to Chiang Mai (CNX) QR918 Departs: 02:30 Arrives: 14:55
Chiang Mai (CNX) to Doha (DOH) QR919 Departs: 16:45 Arrives: 22:15