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Qatar Airways confirms daily service to Canberra

July 31, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

In a move which has delighted aviation authorities in Australia’s capital city, Qatar Airways has confirmed that next February, Canberra will become its fifth Australian destination, with daily scheduled flights.

The airline will extend one of its current daily Sydney frequencies to Canberra.

Qatar Airways group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, described the announcement as “yet another proud moment for Qatar Airways and another milestone in our increasing expansion plans.

Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker

“We are delighted to finally bring our award-winning service to Canberra in 2018, our ninth year of operation in Australia. As Australia’s capital city, Canberra is an important addition to our global route map and further boosts the existing strong ties between Australia and Qatar.

“We are confident our highly-acclaimed product will appeal greatly to government, business and leisure travellers alike and we look forward to welcoming our passengers on board very soon.”

“I am proud to say that in spite of the current situation, we continue to provide our award-winning, five-star service to all our passengers. We are carrying forward our robust expansion plans, and will continue to grow and expand to exciting new destinations across the globe.”

By “current situation”, Al Baker was referring to the recent blockade by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, led by Saudi Arabia, which he said “has had little impact on the national carrier of the State of Qatar thanks to a robust growth strategy, varied investment portfolio and its consistent award-winning customer experience”.

The airline will be the first international carrier to offer Australia’s capital city daily scheduled flights to Doha via Sydney. Qatar Airways’ second-daily Sydney flight will make its way on to Canberra commencing February 2018. Return flights will be on a Canberra-Sydney-Doha routing. Canberra flights will be served by a 358-seater Boeing 777-300 aircraft.

Qatar Airways began its first daily Sydney flight on 1 March 2016, upgrading it to the superjumbo A380 just six months after the airline’s Sydney launch.

Canberra Airport managing director Stephen Byron, said the arrival of Qatar Airways was an exciting development in the fulfilment of a major goal.

“We have had a long-held dream that we could connect Canberra with the rest of the world. The beginning of the Qatar Airways service in February provides seamless access to the major international hub of Doha, and a stepping off point for the Middle East, Europe and points beyond.”

Flight Schedule: All flights daily and subject to Government approval

QR 906           Doha-Sydney              Dep 08:10, Arr 06:15 (+1)

QR 906           Sydney-Canberra       Dep 07:25, Arr 08:25

QR 907           Canberra-Sydney       Dep 13:45, Arr 14:45

QR 907           Sydney-Doha              Dep 15:55, Arr 22:30

Edited by Peter Needham

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