Qatar Airways' Airbus A380 to fly Perth-Doha from May 2018

Qatar Airways' Airbus A380 to fly Perth-Doha from May 2018

Qatar Airways will fly its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft to Perth from 1 May, 2018, in what the Gulf carrier and Qantas partner describes as a further sign of its commitment to the Australian market.

The superjumbo will replace the Boeing 777-300ER currently flying on the Perth-Doha route and more importantly, bring with it the option of flying in Qatar's first class suites...

... and for business class passengers, the opportunity to relax in what we rate as the world's best inflight lounge.

Qatar Airways' superjumbo also boasts spacious and well-appointed business class seats.

The Perth-Doha flights also dovetail into Qatar's Airbus A380 services to London and Paris, although passengers may want to look for one of the newer Boeing 777 jets boasting the airline's impressive Qsuite business class.

Qatar also plans to begin flights to Canberra via Sydney from 12 February, 2018.

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

35 comments

  • PERflyer

    PERflyer

    15 Dec, 2017 10:48 am

    Good news good to get more F into Perth. Finally can use both 380 gates simultaneously for 380’s.
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  • smit0847

    smit0847

    15 Dec, 2017 11:04 am

    "Qatar Airways' superjumbo has the same spacious and well-appointed business class seats as the Boeing 777 it replaces"

    Ummm this is incorrect. Each aircraft has very different products
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  • David Flynn

    David

    15 Dec, 2017 11:22 am

    Thanks for the pick-up, fixed!

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  • dano282

    dano282

    15 Dec, 2017 11:07 am

    This excites me to no end. Booked on this baby for September, bring on that "best in the world" bar!!
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  • Brayden

    ThePerthTrav

    15 Dec, 2017 12:15 pm

    This is so exciting. Emirates flying their A380’s to Perth is nice, but they have 101 of them, so they can use them practically everywhere. Qatar with only 8 makes it mean more, especially to people of Perth.
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  • Morgan Judd

    Mjudd

    15 Dec, 2017 12:26 pm

    Great news!!!! Now for etihad..haha
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  • Orus Picarous

    oruspicarous

    16 Dec, 2017 01:00 am

    Doubt EY will bring 388 to PER if they cut it from MEL.
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  • flyingcuggers

    flyingcuggers

    15 Dec, 2017 12:27 pm

    Where is Qatar pulling the A380 from to service this route? Have they reduced capacity into America and now freed up an A380?
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  • fresh  thoughts

    freshthoughts

    15 Dec, 2017 01:34 pm

    I've heard that they're pulling it for Guangzhou.
    Also no US bound flights by Qatar are operated by the A380 I'm pretty sure
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  • MelbFlyer

    MelbFlyer

    15 Dec, 2017 01:35 pm

    They have a couple more A380s still on order so these could be delivered in time to add Perth
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    flyingcuggers

  • Shoudy Chen

    Shoudy Chen

    15 Dec, 2017 02:03 pm

    Wowee! How about this good news for Perth travelers for the a380 from Perth to Doha? This is going to be huge!
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  • Joe

    Joe

    15 Dec, 2017 03:02 pm

    Qatar are the epitome of what a premium carrier should be...plush, classy and generous. You REALLY get your money's worth with Qatar no matter which class of travel. Qantas boring bland and Emirates semi gaudy (but better than Qantas generally) should take note.
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  • deva22

    deva22

    15 Dec, 2017 03:05 pm

    Why no love for Brisbane? I *really* wish they would have added brisbane to their list of serviced cities :(
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  • hutch

    hutch

    15 Dec, 2017 03:18 pm

    They have no more traffic rights to fly to Bne
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  • Dredgy

    Dredgy

    16 Dec, 2017 08:39 am

    Everyone wishes they flew to Brisbane! Hopefully they can get more frequencies soon. I known Akbar was in discussions to start at OOL several years ago, and they’re allowed to fly there, but the business case mustn’t have added up.
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  • Orus Picarous

    oruspicarous

    16 Dec, 2017 01:03 am

    Yup, they stressed the Qatar-Australia flying rights agreement with starting flights to Sydney (PER, MEL previously), obvious capacity increase on SYD, MEL, and now PER with 388, plus the second daily flight to CBR via SYD, and with 355 to ADL, so they've left nothing.
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  • Timmy22bc

    Timmy22bc

    18 Dec, 2017 06:52 am

    I heard word an Eastern carrier was looking at flights to CNS in the future & I know that Qatar have talked with BNE. I’d expect (purely my own prediction) you’d see a CNS or OOL tag flight to BNE. Maybe even Alice Springs or Darwin. I read on another Qatar thread in AusBT that the agreement does not include secondary cities, hence the CBR announcement.
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  • Poisson

    Poisson

    15 Dec, 2017 03:06 pm

    Qatar have had several false starts with new equipment for PER so I won't be holding my breath. On the other hand, all my flying these days is leisure with SWMBO and we love the spaciousness and side-by-side seating of the current 777 product. Recently flew DOH - VIE on a 787 with the same business class seat as the A380 and were a little bit underwhelmed with the hard product. So personally I'd be happy to stick with the 777.
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  • HusseinAl98

    HusseinAl98

    15 Dec, 2017 05:48 pm

    I was excited until I read your comment but I think you may be right. The 787 and A350 were supposed to come to Perth and I'm pretty sure theres still articles on here referencing that.
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  • Strvdv86 Cop

    Copland

    16 Dec, 2017 03:54 pm

    Looks like the 777 is back on the Perth route towards the end of next year...
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  • Timmy22bc

    Timmy22bc

    18 Dec, 2017 06:54 am

    Yes I too have been burned by this, my 787 flight in June 13 ended up being a 777
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  • Brayden

    ThePerthTrav

    16 Dec, 2017 01:46 am

    Whilst the possibility remains, in optimistic on this
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  • grov

    grov

    15 Dec, 2017 03:34 pm

    With J fares a lot cheaper than QF and others, great lounges in Doha and London and an inflight eat-anytime J menu, Qatar is already a great choice out of PER, and this only makes it better.
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  • Chris_PER

    Chris_PER

    15 Dec, 2017 05:25 pm

    Wow!! Those rumours came around very quickly. Perhaps this is to put-off the expected upgauge to 77W from Etihad.
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  • Orus Picarous

    oruspicarous

    16 Dec, 2017 01:06 am

    The ban maybe was good after all, award availability has shot-up, they've ramped up their inflight services, and redeployed and started focusing even more on key markets like US and Oz with A350, A380, 787, while also now sending them to Geneva, Male, Hyderabad, MIA, DFW.
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  • traveller99

    traveller99

    17 Dec, 2017 10:35 pm

    And they've had some great sale fares recently. I'm flying from Stockholm to Melbourne (return) in Business Class for $3,500AUD.
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  • Timmy22bc

    Timmy22bc

    18 Dec, 2017 07:10 am

    That’s an unreal price!!! You’d expect that from Garuda...
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  • Chris_PER

    Chris_PER

    16 Dec, 2017 12:12 pm

    I also wonder how the winter flights will size up considering that many flights are operated by the 777-200LR instead of the 77W.
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  • Kevin Jackson

    Kevin Jackson

    17 Dec, 2017 01:13 am

    This will be a winner for F and J passengers.
    For those who do not know, Doha is a delightful stopover
    for a couple of days. The Museum of Islamic Art is not only a stunning building, the collection is world class. I love it.
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  • Rod Harmer

    Rod H

    17 Dec, 2017 01:32 pm

    I can't find any mention or way to book First Class Travel on Qatar's web site. There is no class selection apart from " premium " and that only lists up to Business . Is there something I am missing or is there something wrong with their website?
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  • Chris_PER

    Chris_PER

    17 Dec, 2017 05:02 pm

    Probably isn't bookable yet. Announcements are usually made prior to them actually becoming available to book.
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  • dano282

    dano282

    18 Dec, 2017 10:55 am

    They have already reissued itineraries, we received our updated one on Friday.
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  • devilish

    devilish

    18 Dec, 2017 11:48 am

    Fantastic, have only flown them once en-route Per-LHR via Doha. The Perth<>Doha legs on the 777 was almost 100% capacity.
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  • Gdev

    Gdev

    18 Dec, 2017 07:07 pm

    Great news indeed. Wonder if this is in any way a response to QF's direct London flight? Either way the QR business class product is hard to beat. I was looking forward to the new Q Suite on a 777, but I'll settle for an A380!
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  • Flyinghi

    Flyinghi

    30 Jan, 2018 11:52 am

    Does PER have the infrastructure in place to handle 2 A380’s at he same time?

    And will QR have their own lounge for premium passengers, instead of using the ver average QF loung?
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