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Qatar Airways is bringing the Boeing 787 to Australia, with the next-gen jetliner entering service on daily Perth-Doha flights from 1 February 2013.
This marks Australia's first scheduled passenger service for the advanced aircraft, with Qatar Airways beating the likes of China Southern and Jetstar for bragging rights to the Dreamliner's down-under debut.
Qatar is rapidly rolling out its new Boeing 787s, having taken delivery of the first of 60 Dreamliners -- with a list price of US$207 million -- only last month, with the inaugural flight to London's Heathrow airport this Friday 14 December.
"From February we will be able to offer the UK and western Australian markets a single 787 product all the way, giving our passengers a whole new long-haul experience on the world's newest aircraft" said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker.
"From Perth, passengers are able to easily connect via Doha to more (than) 80 destinations worldwide, including over 30 in Europe."
Inside Qatar Airway's Boeing 787
The 22 business class seats in the nose of Qatar's Dreamliner follow a passenger-pleasing 1-2-1 layout with fully flat beds and direct aisle access for every passenger.
The cabin is bright, modern and streamlined, with Qatar opting to skip a super-luxe first class offering.
Down the back in economy, there's less good news: Qatar has chosen an elbow-crunching 3-3-3 layout with 232 narrow seats.
For more: join us on a full on-the-plane photo tour of Qatar's Boeing 787 Dreamliner!
Qatar senior media relations officer Christine Sarkis confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that "everyday [sic] will be operated with a Boeing 787 on the Perth route" rather than run a mixed Boeing 777 / 787 schedule.
Doha-bound flight QR901 will depart Perth at 2245, arriving in Doha at 0510 the next morning.
The return QR900 for Perth will leave Doha at 0130, reaching Perth at 1720 the same day.
London Heathrow flights in particular have been carefully timed, with a brief 75-minute layover in Doha on the way to the UK and just 45 minutes on the way back to Perth.
Tickets for Qatar Airways' Boeing 787 Perth-Doha flights are now available from the airline's website or your travel booker.
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