Xiamen Airlines is ramping up services between its home market in China and the strategic Gulf hub of Doha, Qatar.

On October 20, a Xiamen Airlines Boeing 787 departed from Beijing Daxing International Airport for Hamad International Airport in Doha.

Xiamen Airlines became the first and only Chinese carrier to offer direct flights from China to Qatar.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Qatar.

The carrier said the opening of the air route would build an ‘Air Silk Road’ to promote economic and trade cooperation and strengthen cultural exchanges between the two countries.

The Beijing Daxing- Doha route will operate daily. Flight MF845 departs from Daxing, Beijing at 18:30 and arrives in Doha at 22:45 local time, MF846 in return leaves Doha at 02:00 local time and arrives in Daxing, Beijing at 15:20.

A day later, on October 31, the carrier launched its Xiamen-Doha flight route, marking the first direct flight route to Doha from Fujian Province.

Xiamen Airlines routes

As the largest airline headquartered in Xiamen, Xiamen Airlines has launched routes from Xiamen to 21 international cities such as Los Angeles, Paris, and Tokyo, and established an international flight network that extends to North America, Europe, Oceania, and Asia.

The carrier also has a well-developed domestic flight network that caters to 52 domestic cities with a daily average of more than 170 inbound and outbound flights.

With the launch of the Xiamen-Doha flight route, passengers no longer have to transit at Shanghai, Guangzhou, among other cities, which can save them a lot of time.

Xiamen Airlines has also established partnerships with Qatar Airways which involve interline check-in, through-check baggage, and lounge access sharing in Doha.

There are two flights every Tuesday and Friday between Xiamen and Doha. The flight to Doha departs from Xiamen at 0:05 (GMT+8) and arrives at 5:00 (local time), and the return flight departs at 19:30 (local time) from Doha and arrives in Xiamen at 7:55 (GMT+8) on the next day morning.
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