Qatar Airways puts Chengdu launch on hold

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Qatar Airways has pushed back the launch of flights to Chengdu and will initially operate its new Chicago service only thrice-weekly as it reworks its network plans amid the grounding of the Boeing 787.

Qatar's plan to launch three weekly flights between Doha and Chengdu, originally planned for 19 March, has now been postponed to an unspecified later date.

The carrier will also now launch flights from Doha to Chicago three-times a week from 10 April, rather than daily as originally planned. It will instead lift frequency on Chicago, its fourth US destination, to daily from the middle of June.

Qatar Airways' says its corporate planners have been working on adjusting capacity on routes across its network as a result of the grounding of its Boeing 787s. The Gulf carrier was operating five of the type prior to the grounding in January of the 787s.