Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Qatar Airways brings Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Perth Route

Qatar Airways, named the World's Best Airline in 2012 at the World Airline Awards, will be the first to bring Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights to Australia. Just months after starting flights to Perth, Qatar Airways will operate scheduled Boeing 787 flights to and from Australia early next year. Qatar Airways has recently increased frequency of services to the West Australian city of Perth to daily, effective by December 1st 2012, in time for the peak holiday season.

Qatar Airways' first long-haul Boeing 787 Australian commercial service will begin operations on 1 February 2013, connecting passengers from Perth to Doha and onwards to many destinations including London Heathrow which this week will have a 787 on the route.

Qatar Airways' Dreamliners are fitted out with 254 seats across business (22 seats) and economy  (232 seats) classes, in a 1-2-1 configuration in business and a 3-3-3 configuration in economy. Qatar Airways has a total of 60 Dreamliners ordered as part of a $US50 billion dollar order for 250 new aircraft, including Boeing 777s and Airbus A380 superjumbos.[1]

"Our Perth route was launched in July with three flights a week, but we stepped up capacity at the beginning of this month to daily and soon we will deploy our new 787 on the route which demonstrates the confidence we have in this relatively new market for us," said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker. "From Perth, passengers are able to easily connect via Doha to more 80 destinations worldwide, including over 30 in Europe such as London Heathrow which from will this week will see Qatar Airways flying a 787 on one of its five daily flights."

Qatar Airways currently does not fly into Sydney and does not intend to until the airport becomes a 24-hour operation, CEO Akbar Al Baker recently told Traveller columnist Clive Dorman.

Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner Flying Display - HD

"We are keen to fly to Sydney. I don't see any reason why it's not a 24-hour airport," he said. "Residents must keep in mind that with today's new technology, planes have [the latest] 'stage four' noise emissions, so as soon as they take off and get to 500 feet, you can hardly hear them.[1]

Qatar Airways took its first of 60 Boeing 787 Dreamliners last month and is Qatar is rapidly rolling out its new Boeing 787s, with the inaugural flight to London's Heathrow airport this Friday 14 December.

[1] - 'World's best airline' to bring first Dreamliner flights to Australia

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