Qatar Airways will begin serving Bangkok with the Airbus A380 starting from today – approximately one month earlier than originally planned.
The airline has attributed the decision to high demand for the Doha–Bangkok route during the festive season. The capital of Thailand is Qatar’s third destination served by the superjumbo after London-Heathrow and Paris.
The A380 will be deployed on one of the four daily flights (QR386/QR833) between Doha and Bangkok, with the others to continue being served by the Boeing 777-300ER. The superjumbo features a three-class configuration with eight seats in first, 48 in business, and 461 in economy.
Flight QR836 departs Doha at 0155 and arrives in Bangkok at 1210. Meanwhile, the return QR833 service will take off from Suvarnabhumi Airport at 2045 and touch back down at Hamad International Airport at 2355.
In other news, the Gulf carrier has also announced the delivery date for its first A350 XWB aircraft. Now slated for a December 13 delivery, Qatar will be the launch carrier for the mid-sized wide-body airliner.
As previously reported by Business Traveller Asia-Pacific (see here), first commercial service is slated for January 15 when the fuel-efficient aircraft will begin flying to Frankfurt. Reservations have now opened.
“The delivery of our first A350 XWB aircraft, as global launch customer, is a highly anticipated event in the relatively young history of Qatar Airways and the second significant fleet milestone for our airline, having recently taken delivery of our A380 aircraft,” said the airline’s chief executive Akbar Al Baker.
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