Qatar Airways is now one of few airlines that have fifth freedom rights out of China. The others are:
Iran Air: TEH-BJS-ICN
Singapore Airlines Cargo: SIN
(not sure of the return routing as it’s via Europe)
I question Qatar's intent to commence DOH-PVG direct at this time, considering the SARS outbreak in China. I think a few cases have been reported in Shanghai but it's likely that the Chinese government is under-reporting the actual number of cases there, but as it's a 1x weekly flight, I think they should do okay on that route. Maybe they could’ve added a 3rd weekly DOH-PVG-ICN
-PVG-DOH flight instead?
Great news for PVG, it’s growing fast as a major hub.