(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Doha: The first Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Da Nang, Vietnam, touched down yesterday at Da Nang International Airport, where it was welcomed with a celebratory water cannon salute. Qatar Airways flight QR0994 departed Hamad International Airport (HIA) on Wednesday 19 December at 02:30 and landed in Da Nang at 13:20 local time.
On board the inaugural Qatar Airways flight to Da Nang, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, was joined by the Vietnamese Ambassador to the State of Qatar, Nguyen Dinh Thao. The VIP delegation was greeted upon arrival by the Qatari Ambassador to Vietnam, Mohamed Ismail Al-Emadi; Standing Deputy Secretary for the Danang Municipal Party Committee, Vo Cong Tri; Deputy Director General for the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam, Vo Huy Cuong; Deputy General Director of Airport Corporation Vietnam and Acting Director for Da Nang International Airport, Le Xuan Tung; Director, Da Nang Tourism Department, Ngo Quang Vinh; and Director, Department of Finance of Da Nang City, Nguyen Van Phung.
Al Baker said: 'Qatar Airways is very pleased to extend its reach into Vietnam by launching our third gateway into this beautiful country. The addition of Da Nang to our global network further demonstrates our commitment to the Far East region, a highly important market for Qatar Airways. And we are excited for passengers travelling to and from central Vietnam to experience our award-winning service and product for themselves. With 56 weekly passenger flights to and from Vietnam, we take great pride in our role in bringing passengers to and from this beautiful county and also being a trade enabler and connector for Vietnamese and international businesses.
The Vietnamese Ambassador to the State of Qatar, Nguyen Dinh Thao, said: 'This year marks the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Qatar, and we are delighted to welcome Qatar Airways to Da Nang, its third Vietnamese destination. The direct flight to Doha will play a crucial role in connecting central Vietnam passengers and freight to the rest of the world.
Deputy General Director of Airport Corporation Vietnam and Acting Director for Da Nang International Airport Managing Director, 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.
Qatar Airways will operate its service four-times weekly with a Boeing B787-8 aircraft, featuring 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class.