Qatar Airways has announced a raft of new routes for 2017-18, including its fifth Australian destination and 11th US route.

The carrier will add eight new routes (in addition to those already announced for 2017 – see below) to: Canberra, Dublin, Las Vegas, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago de Chile, Medan (Indonesia), Tabuk and Yanbu (both Saudi Arabia).

Canberra joins existing Australian routes to Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, while Las Vegas joins US destinations of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, LA, Miami, New York (JFK), Philadelphia and Washington.

The newly-announced routes add to the list of destinations scheduled to start next year, including Auckland in February (which will be the world’s longest commercial flight), as well as Sarajevo, Skopje, Libreville, Nice, Chiang Mai and Douala.

The carrier has opened 12 new routes in 2016 so far, with two more to come – Krabi on December 6, and the Seychelles on December 12.

Announcing the latest route expansion, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said:

“Qatar Airways offers the world the best network, the best on board experience and the best connecting experience at Hamad International Airport. We operate the world’s youngest fleet, averaging just five years old, and we fly the most technologically advanced aircraft that provide our passengers with an award-winning experience while also ensuring the most efficient and environmentally friendly operations.

“Our intention is to ensure our passengers can choose Qatar Airways for all of their travel needs – whether they are flying on business, for pleasure, or a combination of both.

“With today’s network announcement, we will be able to connect more people to more places than any other Gulf airline, and we will ensure our passengers will delight in the journey. At Qatar Airways, we are going places together with our passengers, and we look forward to welcoming these new destinations in 2017-18.”