19 FEBRUARY 2018


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Article from BTNews 19 FEBRUARY 2018

Qatar Airways to Canberra

Canberra has become the latest entry point into Australia for Qatar Airways (QR).

On board the inaugural flight was the airline’s group chief executive, His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker and the Australian Ambassador to the State of Qatar, His Excellency Mr Axel Wabenhorst.  A high-level VIP delegation met the aircraft including the Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Hon Steven Ciobo. The service was flown by a Boeing B777-300 featuring the award-winning Business Class seat Qsuite.  (See BTN 15 January)

Mr Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways is delighted to be expanding its reach in Australia by launching our fifth gateway into this beautiful country”.  He pointed out that expansion had been rapid since 2016 when the first flights to Sydney and Adelaide were launched.  From Canberra travellers can connect through Doha to 150 cities worldwide, including in May Cardiff, Malaga, Spain and Mykonos (Greece).”

Qatar Airways will operate its daily Canberra service with a Boeing B777 aircraft, which features 42 flatbed seats in Business Class and 316 seats in Economy.

With the airline launching this new daily service to Canberra, the total airline’s cargo capacity out of the Australian continent has increased to more than 630 tonnes per week offering exporters the innovative QR Fresh solution for meat and other perishable products throughout the world.


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