[Routes] September 12, 2023, 9:41 pm ET. By Anthony Bang An.
Chinese full-service carrier Xiamen Airlines is set to launch flights to Doha from both its hub in Xiamen and Beijing Daxing starting October 2023. The flights from Beijing Daxing, the smaller of the two major international airports of the Chinese capital, will be operated daily, while the Xiamen route will run twice weekly. Both flights will be operated by Boeing B787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Xiamen Airlines will become to very first airline in the Greater China area to fly between Qatar and China, despite there being over 30 weekly flights scheduled between mainland China and Qatar and additionally two daily flights from Doha to Hong Kong. All of the flights are currently operated by Qatar Airways, which is not too unusual as the vast majority of flights out of Doha are operated by the airline.
Xiamen Airlines B737 taxiing in Singapore Changi Airport (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Anthony An.)
For Qatar Airway
Qatar Airways aims to strengthen its position in the Chinese market with the new partnership. Its Chairman CEO, Mr Akbar Al Baker, has long stressed the value Qatar Airways places on the Chinese market and has voiced support for reopening during COVID. Prior to the pandemic, Qatar operated flights to Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Chongqing. The airline also operated its A380s to Guangzhou.
Qatar Airways will enter a codeshare agreement with Xiamen Airlines on these routes. Qatar already operates a daily flight to Beijing Daxing on their Boeing 777-300ER. Qatar Airways has recently announced the resumption of its services to the Chinese cities of Chongqing and Chengdu in September, which will grow its network in China Mainland to 6 destinations.
Qatar is a member of OneWorld alliance and cooperates with Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific. It also has a very tight relationship with China…