Airline to expand Thai offering

Airline to expand Thai offering

By Matt Tewhatu

Airline to expand Thai offeringOne of the fastest growing airlines in the world, Qatar Airways has announced that it will service Chiang Mai in Thailand’s north as part of its new expansion.

Launching on 16 December 2016, the airline will fly to the destination five times a week via Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar.

The largest city in northern Thailand and the second largest in the country overall, Chiang Mai will be the fourth city in the country to be serviced by Qatar Airways which currently flies to Bangkok, Phuket and its latest announced destination Krabi with flights to Krabi not launching until 6 December.

The expansion will see the total number of flights to Thailand increase from 39 to 48 per week at the end of 2016.

The aircraft servicing Chiang Mai will be Qatar Airways’ Airbus A330-200 which features a 24-seat business class cabin all equipped with 180-degree fully-flat beds. The 236-seat economy class cabin features a 32-inch seat pitch and 18.5-inch seat width.

Qatar Airways senior vice president of East Asia & South West Pacific Marwan Koleilat said that including cities in Thailand was a no-brainer as it’s such a popular destination with travellers from around the world.

“As we are constantly expanding our network in Southeast Asia, the popular tourist destination of Thailand is an obvious target for growth”, he said.

“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.”