Qatar Airways starts its third destination down under

Qatar Airways’ Doha to Sydney

Qatar Airways launches flights to Newcastle – just kidding – it’s Sydney! From 1 March, the oneworld carrier will fly daily from its Doha hub to its third Australian city. Pint-sized pop princess Kylie was present at the gala event to commemorate the start of the route…no doubt she will have free tickets on the service whenever she needs them!

  • Qatar Airways celebrated its first flight from Doha (DOH) to Sydney (SYD) on 1 March, making this the airline’s third gateway into Australia. The airline now operates a 777-300 daily on the route, and has been serving Australia since 2009 when it commenced flights to Melbourne, later adding flights to Perth in 2012. Sydney Airport CEO Kerrie Mather said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Qatar Airways to Sydney Airport. Qatar Airways is a three-time Skytrax Airline of the Year winner and will provide passengers with more choice, a quality product and seamless connectivity through Doha’s new Hamad International Airport to destinations around the world.” Airline CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “Touching down here in Sydney for the first time today is an important milestone for Qatar Airways and for the people of Australia. We are delighted to be able to offer passengers flying from Sydney the opportunity to connect to more than 150 places on our global network via our state-of-the-art airport in Doha.” While Qatar Airways faces no direct competition, fellow MEB3 carriers Emirates and Etihad Airways both offer multiple daily services from their respective hubs, the former thrice-daily (four times daily when partner Qantas is considered) and the latter 11 times weekly. Find out how Sydney Airport’s FTWA does in this week’s Arch of Triumph competition.

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