Qatar Airways today made its first flight from Doha to Sydney, the airline’s third destination in Australia after Melbourne in 2009 and Perth in 2012.
The new daily flight sees a B777-300 on the route daily from Doha to Sydney.
Qatar Airways celebrated the arrival of its first flight from Doha to Sydney with a city flyover.
Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Kerrie Mather said:“We’re thrilled to welcome Qatar Airways to Sydney Airport. Qatar Airways’ new daily service will boost tourism, providing an additional 245,000 seats per year, generating an estimated 3,000 jobs and contributing more than AUD$240 million to the Australian economy. It will also foster trade, providing greater air cargo capacity and access to the Middle East. Australian exports to Doha grew by 23 per cent last year, and the State of Qatar’s high demand for livestock, cereal, meat, dairy products and crops provides a significant opportunity for Australian exporters.”
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Mr. Stuart Ayres said: “I am delighted to welcome the first Qatar Airways flight to Sydney, which will provide a valuable increase in aviation capacity from the Middle East and greater connectivity to Sydney and regional NSW, particularly for travellers flying from the United Kingdom and Europe via Doha.
The new service will also provide 84 tonnes of cargo capacity per week in and out of the New South Wales (NSW) capital, connecting Australia’s leading exporters to Qatar Airways Cargo’s global network of more than 150 stations around the world. Qatar Airways Cargo, the third largest international cargo airline, already carries 301 tonnes of freight in the belly hold of its Boeing 777 passenger aircraft into and out of Perth and Melbourne per week.
Daily Flight Schedule:
DOH-SYD QR908 Departs: 2010 Arrives: 1805+1
SYD-DOH QR909 Departs: 2220 Arrives: 0505+1