Qatar Airways swaps Perth's Airbus A380 for Boeing 777 with Qsuites

Qatar Airways swaps Perth's Airbus A380 for Boeing 777 with Qsuites

Qatar Airways will swap out its Airbus A380 from the Perth-Doha route for a Boeing 777-300ER between September and December 2019 as the superjumbo heads into the hangar for routine maintenance.

That's not the best news if you're booked into the superjumbo's first class cabin, as the Boeing 777 lacks first class.

A spokesperson for Qatar Airways tells Australian Business Traveller that "only a minor amount of passengers were booked on the Airbus A380 in first class for this period and these affected passengers will be placed into business class and reimbursed the price difference."

The Boeing 777 also lacks the A380's superb spacious bar and lounge, which we've long considered as the best in the sky and a great place to while away those 11 hours above the clouds.

But there's a wonderful plus for business travellers: the Boeing 777-300ER which will fill in for the A380 sports the airline's latest Qsuites in business class.

We currently rate this as the world's best business class, and we can think of no better way to soar between Perth and Doha – indeed, it's closer to a first class experience, from the option to join your partner in a double bed to Qatar's extensive menu and dine on demand meal service, plus high-speed WiFi to stay in touch with the world below.

Read: How to book a double bed on Qatar's Qsuites Boeing 777

According to the Qatar Airways' website, the Boeing 777-300ER takes over as of the Doha-Perth QR900 flight on September 12 and the Perth-Doha QR901 return leg of the same day; the Airbus A380 slips back into the schedule from December 12.

Also read: How to choose the best Qsuites on Qatar Airways' Boeing 777-300ER

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.
 

7 comments

  • Graham BLAMEX

    BLAMEX

    27 Feb, 2019 09:43 am

    Q Suites is an amazing product. If only QF would look at this as the minimum standard. QF always are lagging behind competition when they finally launch a new J or F class product.

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  • Norbert

    Norbert

    1 Mar, 2019 03:25 pm

    Great news albeit temporarily. But "minor amount of passengers" from the Qatar mouthpiece?! wow.
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  • PLA

    PLA

    1 Mar, 2019 05:00 pm

    Fantastic news. The QSuite is significantly better than the A380 product. Let’s hope Qatar make it a permanent change for Perth.
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  • Joe

    Joe

    1 Mar, 2019 07:40 pm

    Great seat on a crap aircraft that’s very loud with atmospherics of. 707? What have you achieved?! Net gain is a door. Who are Qatar Airways kidding? Give me the A380 any day!
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  • Scott

    Milo2204

    1 Mar, 2019 09:43 pm

    I know I’m in the minority with this, but I recently flew from Hanoi to London with Qatar on both the Dreamliner and the A350 (Qsuite) and preferred the older product on the Dreamliner (although its not that old). The service was excellent on both legs but I thought it was distracting having someone pop their head over the partition trying to get my attention. Also, the think the large windows on the Dreamliner also helped.
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  • BOF

    BOF

    2 Mar, 2019 11:30 am

    Flew that route back in Nov, and 20 or 30 mins relaxing in the bar certainly made the flight much more enjoyable. Will miss it.
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  • pointyends

    pointyends

    20 Mar, 2019 12:45 pm

    They will be swapping it over for good as the noisy 777 will replace it permanently as of December. I will miss the A380. Going emirates now.
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18 Jul, 2019 02:58 am

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