Qatar Airways will join Singapore Airlines in offering international flights to and from Canberra from 2017-18.
The 19-year-old Doha-based airline issued a statement today announcing that Canberra will be one of 15 new gateways it will service from 2017-18. It already connects more than 150 destinations on six continents, including Sydney and Adelaide, which it added earlier this year.
Details about when the Canberra services will commence have yet to be released.
Qatar Airways is the national carrier of the State of Qatar, and, like Qantas, is a member of the Oneworld Alliance. Singapore Airlines is a Star Alliance airline.
According to the Qatar Airways statement, it is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. The airline has a fleet of 191 aircraft.
Other cities added to the list of coming Qatar destinations today are Dublin, Las Vegas, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Medan (Indonesia) and Tabuk and Yanbu (Saudi Arabia). Previously announced additions are Auckland, Sarajevo (Bosnia), Skopje (Macedonia), Libreville (Gabon), Nice (France), Chiang Mai (Thailand) and Douala (Cameroon).
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,” he said.
“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.”
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was awarded World’s Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East at the prestigious 2016 World Airline Awards managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax.
Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ inflight entertainment system offers passengers up to 3,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 as well as select A320 and A330 aircraft have access to on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.
Qatar Airways is a major sponsor of global sporting events, including the strategic team sponsorships of FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC.
Qatar Airways has opened 12 new destinations in 2016 year-to-date, with two more cities set to join the network in December. The new cities added this year are Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles in the United States; Birmingham, U.K.; Helsinki, Finland; Pisa, the fourth destination in Italy; Yerevan, Armenia; Marrakech, the second destination in Morocco; Ras Al Khaimah, UAE; Windhoek, Namibia; and Sydney and Adelaide in Australia. Qatar Airways will begin service to Krabi, its third destination in Thailand, on 6 December and service returns to the Seychelles on 12 December.
Qatar Airways has received a number of accolades this year, including Skytrax’s Best Staff Service in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class 2016 and Best Business Class Airline Lounge as well as Best Business Class from Business Traveller Awards. Last month Qatar Airways was awarded three prestigious honours at the 2016 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards held in New York: Gold, the highest honour, was awarded to Qatar Airways for its International Business Class experience on the A350 aircraft, and Silver was awarded for its International Economy Class as well as for its ‘Going Places Together’ brand campaign.