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Qatar Airways to service CBR from 2017-18

By Charlotte Harper - 29 November 2016 37

Qatar Airways

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.

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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.

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Qatar Airways to service CBR from 2017-18
Masquara 9:45 pm 30 Nov 16

Charlotte Harper I’m afraid this reads like a PR capsule. Any words/thoughts on the fact that they are going to fly out of Canberra only because we have no curfew? (Stated during an interview on 666). Doesn’t worry me particularly at the moment, but are there Canberrans and Queanbeyanites who would be affected by flight noise in the middle of the night?

JC 6:31 pm 30 Nov 16

John KIlleen said :

We fly regularly into north Africa as a family or individually for both business and holidays. When Emirates started the Middle East route via Sydney/Dubai our travelling times were significantly reduced (by about one third) after years of flying the tiring 30+ hours on the multiple stopover Singapore/Europe/Africa routes. We have been lucky I guess and never had a bad experience on Emirates.

The Emirates A380 has good economy seat space, great meals/entertainment and the family can sit together in the four seat middle row. Transfer times in Dubai are short and we have purchased return tickets for as low as $1500 ex Sydney. We give the high cost of flying Canberra/Sydney a miss by renting a car each way. We can be back in Canberra after arrival in Sydney several hours faster than transferring between terminals for internal flights (especially if delays in arrival or immigration cause rescheduling on QANTAS or Virgin).

Qatar for us is welcome in Canberra. If we can eliminate the Canberra/Sydney leg and retain the short stopover times at a reasonable ticket price then we will fly Qatar. The superior comfort available on the Emirates A380 on the long first leg will need to be weighed up as well. Somehow I think that Qatar ex Canberra will be pushing to compete with Emirates ex Sydney over the North African routes we fly – it may be better value into Europe. We will wait, check the prices and see if Qatar stay in Canberra for the long haul…although I do have some doubts.

Qatar would most likely fly the a350 to Canberra which is probably the most comfortable aircraft flying at present. The 787 that Qatar has would be on the limit of range considering the heat of Qatar.

Also read on some aviation threads that it is possible that the Canberra flight may not be direct but an extension of the Adelaide flights.

John KIlleen 4:30 pm 30 Nov 16

We fly regularly into north Africa as a family or individually for both business and holidays. When Emirates started the Middle East route via Sydney/Dubai our travelling times were significantly reduced (by about one third) after years of flying the tiring 30+ hours on the multiple stopover Singapore/Europe/Africa routes. We have been lucky I guess and never had a bad experience on Emirates.

The Emirates A380 has good economy seat space, great meals/entertainment and the family can sit together in the four seat middle row. Transfer times in Dubai are short and we have purchased return tickets for as low as $1500 ex Sydney. We give the high cost of flying Canberra/Sydney a miss by renting a car each way. We can be back in Canberra after arrival in Sydney several hours faster than transferring between terminals for internal flights (especially if delays in arrival or immigration cause rescheduling on QANTAS or Virgin).

Qatar for us is welcome in Canberra. If we can eliminate the Canberra/Sydney leg and retain the short stopover times at a reasonable ticket price then we will fly Qatar. The superior comfort available on the Emirates A380 on the long first leg will need to be weighed up as well. Somehow I think that Qatar ex Canberra will be pushing to compete with Emirates ex Sydney over the North African routes we fly – it may be better value into Europe. We will wait, check the prices and see if Qatar stay in Canberra for the long haul…although I do have some doubts.

JC 4:02 pm 30 Nov 16

dungfungus said :

JC said :

dungfungus said :

Like the existing Singapore Airlines service, Qatar are not offering any premium economy options.
Canberrans are being treated like second class travellers.

http://dohanews.co/qatar-airways-al-baker-rules-introducing-premium-economy-class/

Second class, a bit melodramatic. Premium economy is something that many airlines lack (none of the middle eastern 3 for example) and of those that have it it is a confused class of travel. Some airlines it is business minus (Qantas) or economy plus (Singapore) and even on airlines that have it not on every aircraft or route. And I would suggest the airlines have the data as to weather premium economy would work on certain routes.

That’s just the way it is not a matter of being second class citizens.

As for Qatar flying to Canberra not going to get too excited. Of all the ME3 airlines they are the ones I dislike the most, mostly due the way they treat staff at both the airline and migrant workers in the state of Qatar. Would rather fly through Sydney than support this mob.

You be the judge:

http://www.businessclass.no/forum/threads/qatar-airways-boeing-787-nightmare-in-economy.27333/

For once I don’t disagree with what you are getting at even a short bum like me I would prefer premium economy on a sector such as Canberra to Doha! Just don’t agree with the 2nd class citizen jibe. Even out of places like Sydney it isn’t as common as you might otherwise expect.

Interestingly if you look at it the hub style airlines have been the slowest to introduce premium economy, the ME3 in particular. All still resist the need but manage to fill their business and economy seats. Indeed even Singapore airlines is a late premium Y enterant and even then only on a subset of their long haul fleet. Of the hub carriers Cathay has been leading the way.

Premium economy has been the mainstay of point to point carriers like Qantas for many a year. Introduced to create a point of difference compared to the ME3 and other hub carriers. Qantas still IMO sets the standard when it comes to premium economy without a doubt.

Holden Caulfield 12:30 pm 30 Nov 16

dungfungus said :

Like the existing Singapore Airlines service, Qatar are not offering any premium economy options.
Canberrans are being treated like second class travellers.

http://dohanews.co/qatar-airways-al-baker-rules-introducing-premium-economy-class/

So, there’s first class, business class and then economy. Are you saying we’re being treated like business class travellers?!

Cheeky comment aside, I’d say, as a city of 400,000 (with some creative rounding up), we’re being treated as a test case to see what sort of market demand there is. Which is completely fair enough I think.

It’s incumbent on the relevant airlines to provide schedules and fares that make it worth using Canberra as an option and then the Canberra public to take up that option, otherwise those options won’t last very long.

dungfungus 12:19 pm 30 Nov 16

JC said :

dungfungus said :

Like the existing Singapore Airlines service, Qatar are not offering any premium economy options.
Canberrans are being treated like second class travellers.

http://dohanews.co/qatar-airways-al-baker-rules-introducing-premium-economy-class/

Second class, a bit melodramatic. Premium economy is something that many airlines lack (none of the middle eastern 3 for example) and of those that have it it is a confused class of travel. Some airlines it is business minus (Qantas) or economy plus (Singapore) and even on airlines that have it not on every aircraft or route. And I would suggest the airlines have the data as to weather premium economy would work on certain routes.

That’s just the way it is not a matter of being second class citizens.

As for Qatar flying to Canberra not going to get too excited. Of all the ME3 airlines they are the ones I dislike the most, mostly due the way they treat staff at both the airline and migrant workers in the state of Qatar. Would rather fly through Sydney than support this mob.

You be the judge:

http://www.businessclass.no/forum/threads/qatar-airways-boeing-787-nightmare-in-economy.27333/

JC 12:34 am 30 Nov 16

Madam Cholet said :

The interesting thing about this is that the government was totally caught out. If airlines can basically arbitrarily start adding Canberra to their list of destinations, what’s the point of the government spending so much money on wooing these airlines?

Not quite sure your point. The federal government enters into bilateral agreements with countries about the cities and number of flights airlines can fly to. In the case of the UAE their airlines can have unlimited seats and flights to second tier Australian cities. Qatar it seems is just choosing to exercise these rights to fly to Canberra.

As I said before, Qatar is one airline that I am not impressed about entering the market. Not because of their product but because of the city state the airline represents. No way I will support a regime, if I have the choice that treats migrant workers so poorly including its airline workers.

Madam Cholet 7:13 pm 29 Nov 16

The interesting thing about this is that the government was totally caught out. If airlines can basically arbitrarily start adding Canberra to their list of destinations, what’s the point of the government spending so much money on wooing these airlines?

John Moulis 6:43 pm 29 Nov 16

No_Nose said :

dungfungus said :

Like the existing Singapore Airlines service, Qatar are not offering any premium economy options.
Canberrans are being treated like second class travellers.

http://dohanews.co/qatar-airways-al-baker-rules-introducing-premium-economy-class/

To be fair, Qatar doesn’t have premium economy on any of their flights, so it’s not just a Canberra thing.

I quite like Qatar and have flown with them several times in both economy and business. Their lounge in Doha is exceptional.

The only complaint I have is that once when I asked for a beer, (Doha-Cairo flight from memory), they gave me a Fosters… Fosters? Seriously?

You are very lucky Qatar Airlines even has alcohol on board. I just took it for granted that they – along with Emirates – would be totally dry.

dungfungus 3:06 pm 29 Nov 16

No_Nose said :

dungfungus said :

Like the existing Singapore Airlines service, Qatar are not offering any premium economy options.
Canberrans are being treated like second class travellers.

http://dohanews.co/qatar-airways-al-baker-rules-introducing-premium-economy-class/

To be fair, Qatar doesn’t have premium economy on any of their flights, so it’s not just a Canberra thing.

I quite like Qatar and have flown with them several times in both economy and business. Their lounge in Doha is exceptional.

The only complaint I have is that once when I asked for a beer, (Doha-Cairo flight from memory), they gave me a Fosters… Fosters? Seriously?

Oh, I feel a lot better now. thanks!

dungfungus 3:06 pm 29 Nov 16

pink little birdie said :

dungfungus said :

Like the existing Singapore Airlines service, Qatar are not offering any premium economy options.
Canberrans are being treated like second class travellers.

http://dohanews.co/qatar-airways-al-baker-rules-introducing-premium-economy-class/

Qatar airlines have consistently been ranked among the best economy service in the world.
I had no issues with them when I flew Melbourne – Doha – we all ended up with a row to ourselves (Group of 8). Doha to Kenya and back were a bit more crowded but still fine.

When you are unfortunate to be born too big to fit into ANY economy class seat it doesn’t matter how good or bad theirs is.

JC 11:56 am 29 Nov 16

dungfungus said :

Like the existing Singapore Airlines service, Qatar are not offering any premium economy options.
Canberrans are being treated like second class travellers.

http://dohanews.co/qatar-airways-al-baker-rules-introducing-premium-economy-class/

Second class, a bit melodramatic. Premium economy is something that many airlines lack (none of the middle eastern 3 for example) and of those that have it it is a confused class of travel. Some airlines it is business minus (Qantas) or economy plus (Singapore) and even on airlines that have it not on every aircraft or route. And I would suggest the airlines have the data as to weather premium economy would work on certain routes.

That’s just the way it is not a matter of being second class citizens.

As for Qatar flying to Canberra not going to get too excited. Of all the ME3 airlines they are the ones I dislike the most, mostly due the way they treat staff at both the airline and migrant workers in the state of Qatar. Would rather fly through Sydney than support this mob.

No_Nose 11:43 am 29 Nov 16

dungfungus said :

Like the existing Singapore Airlines service, Qatar are not offering any premium economy options.
Canberrans are being treated like second class travellers.

http://dohanews.co/qatar-airways-al-baker-rules-introducing-premium-economy-class/

To be fair, Qatar doesn’t have premium economy on any of their flights, so it’s not just a Canberra thing.

I quite like Qatar and have flown with them several times in both economy and business. Their lounge in Doha is exceptional.

The only complaint I have is that once when I asked for a beer, (Doha-Cairo flight from memory), they gave me a Fosters… Fosters? Seriously?

pink little birdie 11:42 am 29 Nov 16

dungfungus said :

Like the existing Singapore Airlines service, Qatar are not offering any premium economy options.
Canberrans are being treated like second class travellers.

http://dohanews.co/qatar-airways-al-baker-rules-introducing-premium-economy-class/

Qatar airlines have consistently been ranked among the best economy service in the world.
I had no issues with them when I flew Melbourne – Doha – we all ended up with a row to ourselves (Group of 8). Doha to Kenya and back were a bit more crowded but still fine.

dungfungus 9:53 am 29 Nov 16

Like the existing Singapore Airlines service, Qatar are not offering any premium economy options.
Canberrans are being treated like second class travellers.

http://dohanews.co/qatar-airways-al-baker-rules-introducing-premium-economy-class/

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