Qatar Airways To Launch A380 To Bangkok From December 5

The airline had initially planned to deploy the jumbo jet to the Thai capital from January 2015.



Qatar Airways has advanced the launch of its newly received A380 jet to Bangkok, the airline announced on Thursday.

The carrier, which planned to begin A380 operations to the Thai capital from January 2015, said that it will now launch the new service from December 5, 2014, in response to high demand.

The jumbo jet will be deployed on one of the four-times daily services to Bangkok, a statement said.

Qatar Airways, which received its first A380 from Airbus in September this year, has so far deployed the aircraft to London Heathrow and Paris, with Thailand now the third A380 destination.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, said: “Bangkok is an ever-increasingly popular destination for holiday makers and Qatar Airways is pleased to be providing additional capacity on the route.”

The airline’s A380 superjumbo is operated in a tri-class configuration of first, business and economy cabins and includes a total of 517 seats.

The flight includes wifi- connectivity across all classes while the upper deck also features an inflight lounge for premium passengers.

Qatar Airways has received three of its 13 A380s on order to date.

In the region, it competes to offer A380 services with Dubai carrier Emirates, the world’s largest operator of the jumbo jet, and Etihad, which will begin services on its inaugural A380 later this month.

Emirates, which has 55 A380s in its fleet, aims to operate the aircraft to 33 destinations in total before the end of this year.