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Qatar Airways flight touches down in Hanoi, network expands

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 1:41 am

Qatar Airways increases flights to Asia

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm




Qatar Airways increases flights to Asia


QĐND – Thursday, October 21, 2010, 19:49 (GMT+7)


PANO – Qatar Airways detailed its commitment to expanding its presence and offering in the Asian Market at ITB Asia, the region’s largest travel trade show taking place in Singapore between October 20 and 22.

The airline is promoting new routes to Phuket and Hanoi and increased services to Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City, together with exciting stopover packages for international events in Doha to make a trip to Asia an even more attractive option for European travellers, the carrier announced the plan on October 21st.


Qatar’s new route to Thailand’s premier resort island of Phuket offers flights six times a week, increasing to daily flights in November via Kuala Lumpur and connecting to several of Qatar Airways’ key markets in Europe. Launched on October 12, this is Qatar’s second route to Thailand and the 8th new international destination it has launched this year. The Phuket services are part of an overall capacity increase to Thailand, which is witnessing a rapid post-recession recovery in tourism with arrivals expected to top 14 million in 2010. Qatar Airways boost its Doha – Bangkok frequencies from twice daily flights to triple daily effective from November 1.  Qatar Airways will exercise fifth freedom traffic rights allowing it to sell tickets between Phuket and Kuala Lumpur. 


Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that the airline’s route to Thailand’s largest island reinforced the airline’s commitment to target underserved Asian markets. On November 1, Qatar will commence four flights a week to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, as well as increased frequency to Ho Chi Minh City from three flights a week to daily.


“Visitor numbers to Asian destinations such as Phuket and Hanoi are on the rise and Qatar Airways will look to take advantage of our European connections from countries like Russia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, the UK and other parts of Europe to expand the market. With only a handful of airlines offering flights from Europe to these destinations, the opportunity is there for us to acquire market share,” said Al Baker.


In Asia-Pacific, Qatar Airways’ route network now extends to 17 destinations and makes up almost 20 per cent its global network.


Qatar Airways Stopover Packages


To sweeten the offer further, Qatar is taking advantage of the many international events in home-base Doha offering VIP stopover packages through Qatar Airways Holidays.


Qatar is launching the VIP deal with the World Tennis Association Championships- Doha 2010 and the 2nd Annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival from October 26 to 31. More event-linked offers will be rolled out during 2011 providing travelers with VIP tickets and select hotels to create exclusive stopover package.  


Qatar Airways Awarded

Recognising its long-term partnership with Asia and growing services and products, Qatar was recently awarded two major industry accolades: Best Middle Eastern Airline By TTG Asia Magazine for the 5th consecutive year and Best Middle Eastern Airline Business Traveller Asia-Pacific for the 2nd year running. 


Both awards are in recognition of Qatar Airways’ strong commitment towards travel excellence as voted by readers of TTG Asia – a prestigious weekly travel trade magazine published across Asia – and the monthly Business Traveller Asia Pacific, which also has sister titles worldwide aimed at frequent fliers. 


Qatar Airways is the only Middle East carrier in an elite club of Five Star-ranked airlines recognising the best in service excellence by industry audit, Skytrax.


The airline’s Senior Vice President East Asia and South West Pacific, Marwan Koleilat, who picked up the awards on behalf of the airline, said: “Qatar Airways continues to set high benchmarks to remain competitive. Across Asia Pacific, we have made significant inroads with our flights and increased capacity that provide us with extensive reach in one of the world’s most important vibrant regions.”


 


“The awards are further evidence of Qatar Airways’ success in offering innovative products and services to our passengers,” he said adding, “We are proud that the exceptional standards we set have been recognised by our valuable customers, as well as the travel industry.”


Since February this year, Qatar Airways has launched flights from its Doha hub to Bangalore, Tokyo, Ankara, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Sao Paulo, Buenes Aires and Phuket.


Over the next five months Qatar Airways will introduce scheduled flights to Hanoi, Nice, , Bucharest, Budapest, Brussels and Struttgart. With a growing international network, Qatar Airways is able to offer passengers from across Asia with excellent connections to destinations around the world via Doha.


Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of 89 aircraft to 93 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and North and South America. The carrier has outstanding orders for more than 200 aircraft worth over US$40 billion.


 


Reported by Thu Nguyen


 


Source: QDND

Qatar Airways expanding Vietnam network with 7 more flights

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Qatar Airways is expanding its operations in Vietnam, a fast-growing market in Asia, where the Middle East airline has already been flying from Doha to Ho Chi Minh City.


The flag carrier of Qatar announced Oct. 4 that from November 1 this year, Hanoi would become its second network point in the country, with four weekly flights to Doha operating via Bangkok.

This file photo shows Qatar Airways personnel at the Qatar Airways pavilion in an international travel expo in Ho Chi Minh City in September 2008 (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

Qatar Airways said it would launch a third daily flight to the Thai capital November 1. The additional Bangkok service will continue to Vietnam with four of the flights heading onwards to the Vietnamese capital and three onto Ho Chi Minh City, making the HCMC route a daily service.


The new daily service means four direct flights and three via Bangkok.


Meanwhile, the flights to Hanoi will be on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.


“Our third daily flight to Bangkok will create further connectivity across our network into Thailand and also allows us to improve our services to Vietnam where we already fly to Ho Chi Minh City and look forward to adding Hanoi to our schedules,” Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said in the announcement.


Beginning October 12, Qatar Airways operates six flights a week to Thailand’s Phuket via Kuala Lumpur.


Akbar Al Baker added in the statement, “With Phuket and Hanoi coming online around the same time, Qatar Airways will soon operate to two destinations each in Vietnam and Thailand and we are thrilled to be able to offer the traveling public these exciting destinations and, with it, offer more choice.”


The travel market in Asia is experiencing significant growth, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).


Remarking the growth, Baker said, “IATA statistics have passenger demand in the Asia Pacific region up over 10 per cent on the previous year. The timing of Qatar Airways’ expansion drive in Asia couldn’t be better to take advantage of this increase in traffic.”


Both Emirates and Etihad Airways, two other major Middle East airlines, are not serving Vietnam.


In March 2007, Qatar Airways launched its Doha – Ho Chi Minh City route with four non-stop direct flights.

Source: SGGP

Qatar Airways expansion: flights to Hanoi, daily service for HCMC

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Qatar Airways has announced a massive expansion plan for its operations in Vietnam, saying it will add Hanoi to its network and make the Ho Chi Minh City route a daily service.


A Qatar Airways statement, seen in HCM City Wednesday, said from November 1 this year, Hanoi will become the airline’s second network point in the country, with four weekly flights to Doha operating via Bangkok.


The flights will be on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.


The carrier’s HCM City route will on the same day become a daily service with three extra flights a week heading to Doha, also via Bangkok, adding to the four non-stop direct flights in operation since March 2007.

This file photo shows a Qatar Airways flight attendant stand at the Qatar Airways pavilion in an international travel expo in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

Therefore, the new daily service means four direct flights and three via Bangkok.


The expansion will boost Qatar Airways’ services to 11 flights a week from Vietnam to Doha and further open up the airline’s global network to traveling Vietnamese, with the airline offering onward connections from Doha to destinations throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North and South America.


The new Vietnam flights are part of a global expansion program that will see Qatar Airways add six new routes over a four month period from October 2010.


The announcement said daily flights from Doha to Thailand’s Phuket will start on October 11. The new flights will operate via Kuala Lumpur. Qatar Airways will also launch flights to Bucharest, Nice, Brussels and Budapest, bringing the airline’s route network to over 95 destinations by January 2011. 


Qatar Airways senior vice president, Commercial East Asia and Southwest Pacific, Marwan Koleilat said that Vietnam was a key growth market for the airline.


“Qatar Airways is delighted to be expanding in Vietnam with the country forging ahead and experiencing rapid economic development,” he said in the announcement.
 
“The new route to Hanoi and the boosting of our Ho Chi Minh City flights to daily services demonstrate the confidence that Qatar Airways has in Vietnam.”


“We have a serious commitment to the Vietnamese people not only to bring tourists to Vietnam, who will contribute to the economy, but to also provide the traveling public access a growing global network and world class airline services.”


Qatar Airways says by 2013, it plans to serve 120 key business and leisure destinations worldwide with a modern fleet of 120 aircraft. At present the airline’s fleet stands at 84 aircraft, flying to 90 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and North America.

Source: SGGP

Qatar buys top London store Harrods

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 4:52 am

LONDON (AFP) – The Qatari royal family’s investment arm bought luxury British department store Harrods on Saturday, with the Qatari prime minister vowing to make the London landmark “even greater and better”.


Egyptian tycoon Mohamed Al Fayed, who has been in charge for a quarter-century, sold the giant emporium for figure reported at 1.5 billion pounds (1.7 billion euros, 2.2 billion dollars).


Al Fayed gave Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani a short tour of the store.

People walk in front of the Harrods department store in London. AFP photo

The premier said he was “very happy with the transaction”, adding: “It’s a historical place. I know it’s important, not only for the British people but it is important for the tourism.


“Qatar Holding will do their best to upgrade this monument to make it even greater and better for the tourism and also for the British people.”


Sheikh Hamad joked: “If the shop will have customers like me I don’t think Harrods will make profit, but maybe if it’s my wife, yes.”


The 77-year-old Al Fayed, who also owns Europa League finalists Fulham Football Club and the Hotel Ritz Paris, will continue to promote the store as its honorary chairman.


“After 25 years as chairman of Harrods, Mohamed Al Fayed has decided to retire and to spend more time with his children and grandchildren,” said Ken Costa, chairman of the tycoon’s financial advisors Lazard.


“He has built Harrods into a unique luxury brand with worldwide recognition” and wanted to ensure this legacy would continue, he added.


Qatar Holding, only the fifth-ever owner of Harrods, “was specifically chosen by the trust as they had both the vision and financial capacity to support the long term successful growth of Harrods,” Costa said.


The new owner is the main investment arm of the Qatar Investment Authority, which trades on behalf of the Gulf state, investing and managing the emirate’s oil and gas-generated wealth.


“We are happy to acquire Harrods, a unique company that combines an iconic luxury brand and one of the most prestigious retail properties in the world with best-in-class financial metrics,” Ahmad Mohamed Al-Sayed, Qatar Holding’s managing director and chief executive, said in a statement.


“This acquisition further expands our global portfolio of world-leading companies,” he added.


Qatar Holding’s interests include a 17-percent stake in German carmaker Volkswagen and a seven-percent share in the British bank Barclays.


Al Fayed is an outspoken and colourful figure whose son Dodi was killed alongside Britain’s Diana, princess of Wales in a 1997 Paris car crash.


He spent 10 years trying unsuccessfully to prove that British security services were behind their deaths.


A shrine to the couple remains in the store in west London’s upmarket Knightsbridge district.


Al Fayed and his brothers’ interest in Harrods started when they acquired a 30 percent stake in the House of Fraser group, the then owners of the department store, in 1983.


A year later they bought the remaining shares in a 615-million-pound takeover battle.


The deal was part of a long-running battle between Al Fayed and businessman Tiny Rowland that endured throughout the 1980s.


After buying the store, Al Fayed gave it a 300-million-pound refit, installing a marble-clad interior and Egyptian-inspired designs. It currently boasts 40 lifts (elevators) and three wells from which it draws its water.


Harrods attracts millions of visitors each year, whether tourists drawn to a national landmark or shoppers attracted to its motto of “Everything for Everybody Everywhere”. Al Fayed once said he wanted to be buried there.


It began as a much smaller shop on the same site when grocer Charles Henry Harrod opened a store in 1849, and his son built it up. It burned down in 1883 but the family built a new one and rapidly expanded it.

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Source: SGGP

Malaysia, Qatar agree to avoid double taxation

In Uncategorized on July 4, 2008 at 5:07 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Malaysia and Qatar on July 3 signed an agreement for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income, Malaysia’s Bernama news agency reported.

The agreement will strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries, and further expand the scope of cooperation to other areas such as trade and investment, education, tourism, culture and information, Bernama cited Malaysia’s Deputy Minister of Finance Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah as saying.

With the signing of the agreement, Qatar became Malaysia’s 68 th treaty partner in the field of taxation, the agency added.–