The latest moves in Qatar Airways' expansion across Asia and the Indian sub-continent has taken off with flights from its base in Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, to Chennai and the tropical island of Bali.
Qatar Airways already serves five cities across India — Delhi, Mumbai, Cochin, Trivandrum and Hyderabad — and the Indonesian capital Jakarta, so the new destinations will strengthen the airline's operations in both countries.
Passenger demand for both routes is expected to be significant, according to Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker.
"Chennai is the third largest commercial centre in India and becomes our first service to the country's east coast. And while Bali has always been a popular tourist destination, it is also growing in significance as a place to do business," he said.
On the Chennai route, Qatar Airways operates daily flights using an Airbus A321 with a 12 Business Class and 132 Economy Class seat configuration.