Qatar Airways and Xiamen Airlines enter new codeshare partnership

Two seat belt buckles with Xiamen Airlines and Qatar Airways logos.
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A new codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways will see Xiamen Airlines become the first Chinese airline to operate passenger nonstop flights between Mainland China and Qatar.

This new arrangement coincides with the 35th Anniversary Year of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Connecting China and Qatar

The recently announced collaboration not only opens up new travel possibilities but also strengthens the connections between two major players in the airline industry.

One of the standout features of this partnership is Xiamen Airlines becoming the first Chinese airline to operate passenger nonstop flights from Mainland China to Qatar. This achievement is noew set to make air travel between the two countries more accessible and convenient than ever before.

The core of this partnership lies in the launch of daily flights between Beijing’s Daxing International Airport and Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar.

These flights will be operated using the modern and state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 aircraft, ensuring passengers enjoy a comfortable and enjoyable journey.


Commencement of Operations

The much-anticipated flights are scheduled to commence on October 20, 2023. The inbound flights from Beijing will arrive in Doha at 22:45, while the outbound flights are scheduled to depart at 02:00.

This schedule has been carefully designed to provide passengers with optimal connections to key markets in Qatar Airways’ extensive global network beyond Doha, spanning across the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

The expansion will continue across coming months. In addition to the Beijing flights, Xiamen Airlines will also introduce two weekly flights from Xiamen, a special economic zone in Fujian Sheng province, to Doha.

These flights, set to commence on October 31, 2023, will offer the same seamless connectivity to Qatar Airways’ network. Passengers can look forward to arriving in Doha from Xiamen at 05:00 and departing in the evening at 19:30, allowing for flexible travel arrangements.

Qatar Airways’ Growing Presence in China

This partnership marks a significant step for Qatar Airways, enhancing its presence in Mainland China, which currently includes six destinations with a total of 31 weekly flights operated by Qatar Airways.

Furthermore, Qatar Airways already offers double daily flights to Hong Kong, further solidifying its foothold in the region.

As part of this new agreement, Xiamen Airlines will place its marketing code on Qatar Airways flights to and from Beijing, offering travelers even more options and flexibility.

About Xiamen Airlines

Xiamen Airlines, founded in 1984, is a distinguished member of the SkyTeam Alliance. Renowned for its exceptional service standards and operational excellence, the airline boasts a dense network of 105 destinations in China and around the world.

Travelers can expect top-tier service and a wide range of choices when flying with Xiamen Airlines.

Aircraft Configurations

For the direct services from Beijing to Doha, Xiamen Airlines will deploy a Boeing 787-9 aircraft. This aircraft features a two-class configuration, accommodating a total of 287 passengers.

Among these, 30 seats are designated for Business class, providing a premium travel experience, while the remaining 257 seats are allocated for Economy class passengers.

The Xiamen-Doha-Xiamen service, on the other hand, will be operated by a Boeing 787-8 aircraft.

This aircraft offers a three-class configuration, with 4 seats in First class, 18 in Business class, and 215 in Economy class. Travelers can choose the class that suits their preferences and travel needs.

Airline Comments

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, expressed his enthusiasm for this comprehensive cooperation, stating, “We are delighted to announce this comprehensive cooperation and to welcome our new partner, Xiamen Airlines, to Hamad International Airport, our home in Qatar.”

“We are proud and honored that Xiamen Airlines has chosen Doha as a new destination in their network and their only destination in the Middle East.”

“Their flights are perfectly connected to our unparalleled global network offering customers of both airlines greater choice and seamless travel experiences.”

Mr. Zhao Dong, Chairman of Xiamen Airlines, added, “Both Qatar Airways and Xiamen Airlines are the winners of APEX World Class Awards in 2022 showing our shared commitment to high-quality service. The partnership of two Five-Star airlines will bring wonderful flying experiences to customers worldwide.”

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