Qatar Airways launched its flights to Da Nang, Vietnam this week. The flights, which are four times weekly, use a Boeing B787-8 aircraft, which has 232 seats in economy and 22 seats in business.
The airline already flies to Hanoi (double daily) and Ho Chi Minh (10 times weekly), and the new four-times weekly flights to Da Nang take the total number of passenger flights to 28, with an addition six weekly freighter flights to Hanoi and seven weekly freighter flights to Ho Chi Minh City.
Qatar Airways has also an interline agreement with VietJet.
This means passengers can connect through Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) and Hanoi (HAN) to other destinations, including Da Nang (DAD) on the days it does not currently fly direct, as well as Ban Me Thuot (BMV), Dalat (DLI), Hai Phong (HPH), Nha Trang (CXR), Phu Quoc (PQC), Pleiku (PXU), Vinh City (VII) and one international point, Taipei (TPE).
Asked about the initial frequency of the four times weekly flights by Business Traveller, Group CEO Akbar Al Baker said that they could quickly be increased to even twice daily, and pointed to the success of the Gatwick route, which started with an initial two times daily, and has recently increased capacity.
On the Vietnamese routes, the Deputy General Director of Airport Corporation Vietnam and Acting Director for Da Nang International Airport Managing Director, Mr. Le Xuan Tung, said:
“Da Nang International Airport is the third busiest airport in Vietnam and is an important transportation hub in the central region. Being only two kilometres from the city centre, the launch of this direct flight will further boost Da Nang’s position as the commercial and educational centre of Central Vietnam. It is a fantastic follow-up to Qatar Airways’ introduction of daily services to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in January of this year, and we appreciate Qatar Airways’ strong support for Vietnam.”
The freighter flights and the belly hold cargo on the passenger flights means that Qatar Airways Cargo will offer more than 1,400 tonnes out of the country each week. Major exports from Da Nang will consist of garments, perishables and electronics.
Qatar Airways began direct services to Ho Chi Minh City in 2007 and launched its Hanoi service in 2010.
The launch of Da Nang marks the 14th new direct route to be introduced by Qatar Airways in 2018. In 2019 new destinations include Valletta, Malta and Isfahan, Iran. The airline flies eight times daily to London.
Mondays and Saturdays (QR 994): Departs Doha 07:15hrs, Arrives Da Nang 18:05hrs
Tuesdays and Thursdays (QR 996): Departs Doha 20:10hrs, Arrives Da Nang 07:01hrs (+1)
Tuesdays and Sundays (QR 995): Departs Da Nang 00:50hrs, Arrives Doha 05:20hrs
Wednesdays and Fridays (QR 997): Departs Da Nang 08:30hrs, Arrives Doha 13:00hrs