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Qatar Airways launches Non-Stop Flights to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam

Travel News Asia Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Qatar Airways has launched its first flights to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The airline serves the bustling city non-stop four-times-a-week with an Airbus A300 aircraft, in a two-class configuration of up to 30 seats in Business Class and 186 seats in Economy.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said, The growing economy of Vietnam and its ascension into the World Trade Organisation has seen a large influx of business and leisure visitors to the country. We look forward to attracting passengers to our award-winning Five-Star service here in Ho Chi Minh City.

It had been a busy few days for Qatars national carrier, which has also just launched flights to Chennai in southern India and the tropical Indonesian island of Bali.

We anticipate trade and travel in this region will continue to expand and view our role as an international airline as one of facilitation and service, both in terms of business travellers and tourists, Al Bakar added, saying that the new flights would provide excellent connections to Europe, Middle East and Africa via the airlines operational hub of Doha.

The addition of Bali and Ho Chi Minh City sees Qatar Airways Far East network increase from 12 to 14 destinations. The airline already serves Hong Kong, Osaka, Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Yangon, Manila and Cebu.

Vietnams acceptance into the World Trade Organisation in November 2006 was seen as a milestone for the country, having worked to open its economy and encourage trade and investment from overseas in accordance with WTO regulations. As a result of these changes, Vietnam is currently the second fastest growing economy in South East Asia and one of the strongest emerging economies in the world.

As a tourist destination, Vietnam is seen as one of Asias largely undiscovered jewels, with an abundance of untouched natural rainforests, mountains and beaches. The country is steeped in French colonial history and diverse Vietnamese culture. It is considered one of the safest places in Asia and consistently features in travel logs and magazines, drawing increasing numbers of tourists.

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