Effective today (May 15), the agreement sees Qatar Airways’ QR flight code on services beyond the Thai capital with Bangkok Airways to a raft of destinations giving passengers more convenient and greater access to markets.
The domestic Thai codeshare destinations to and from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport are Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Trat, Sukhothai, Lampang, Krabi. In addition, Qatar Airways will also codeshare with Bangkok Airways on flights from Bangkok to Phnom Penh and Yangon, the capital cities of Cambodia and Myanmar respectively.
Passengers travelling from many of Qatar Airways’ key markets in Europe, North America, South America, Africa and the Middle East to and from southeast Asia can take advantage of the new codeshare agreement with Bangkok Airways for greater access to more markets.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways’ hub in Doha is strategically well placed to connect East and West, and through this new partnership with Bangkok Airways we are able to cater to passengers who wish to seamlessly connect onwards to further destinations in countries where the airline already has an established presence – in Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar.
“This new codeshare with Bangkok Airways gives our passengers greater and easier access to more points across Thailand which is one of our most popular destinations in Asia.”
Qatar Airways currently operates non-stop flights between Doha and Bangkok four-times-daily and also serves Phuket in Thailand daily from the Qatari capital. In addition, Qatar Airways serves both Phnom Penh and Yangon daily from Doha.
Bangkok Airways Senior Vice President Network Management Peter Wiesner added: "This new partnership will offer better flight connectivity for passengers travelling on long-haul routes with Qatar Airways to Bangkok for their onward journey within Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar.
“Moreover, Thailand’s key destinations, namely Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai always have great potential which attract a large number of tourists. Therefore, we believe this partnership will offer a unique service for Qatar Airways’ passengers and will strengthen Bangkok Airways’ extensive network as well as boosting tourism in Thailand and Asia."
Qatar Airways is one of the world’s fastest growing airlines currently operating a modern fleet of 124 aircraft to 126 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America from its strategically located hub in Doha, capital of the State of Qatar.
The airline has an aggressive growth strategy, with four new routes already launched this year – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and Chicago (USA).
Over the next few weeks and months, the network will grow further with Salalah (Oman on May 22); Basra (Iraq on June 3); Sulaymaniyah (Iraq on August 20); Chengdu (China on September 3); Addis Ababa (Ethiopia on September 18); Clark International Airport (Philippines on October 28); and Philadelphia (USA on 2 April 2014).