The first Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Da Nang, Vietnam, touched down today at Da Nang International Airport, where it was welcomed with a celebratory water cannon salute.
Qatar Airways flight QR0994 departed Hamad International Airport.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar 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 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.”
Qatar Airways will operate its Da Nang service four-times weekly with a Boeing B787-8 aircraft, featuring 22 seats in business and 232 seats in economy Class.
The world’s second largest cargo carrier has a strong presence in Vietnam with six weekly freighter services to Hanoi, seven weekly freighter services to Ho Chi Minh City and 28 weekly belly-hold flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and now Da Nang.
Commenting on the new route launch, 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.”
Da Nang, one of the largest cities in Vietnam, is known for its sandy beaches and remarkable history as a French colonial port.
This charming city offers magnificent views of Da Nang Bay and its beautiful Marble Mountains, making it an ideal destination for a relaxing summer vacation.