Thursday 18 June 2009

Qatar announces Australian services

Qatar Airways to launch MEL in Dec

Qatar Airways has announced that it will commence its long-awaited Australian services with an inaugural flight on 6th December 2009.

CEO Akbar Al Baker confirmed the move at the Paris Airshow, saying the carrier will operate three weekly services using a new Boeing 777-200LR to be delivered to the airline later this year and then moving to daily early in the new year when another B777-200 is received.

"I know the travelling public is eager for us to begin serving Australia and I've had many people ask me about our direct routes to Melbourne and Sydney. We're finalising some details with regulatory authorities in Australia, and once we've received the necessary aircraft from Boeing, we will be ready to operate," he said.

He said the new flight would connect travellers with a one-stop service from the UK and Europe to Australia, with a planned one hour connection time in Doha.

More information in today's Travel Daily.

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