Qatar brings back daily Sydney, Melbourne flights

Enjoy a daily dose of the Qsuites business class experience on your flights to Europe or the UK.

By David Flynn, October 22 2021
Qatar brings back daily Sydney, Melbourne flights

Qatar Airways will resume daily flights to both Sydney and Melbourne from December 1, making it easier for Australians to plan that long-awaited international trip, as well as helping bring home more Australians who remain overseas.

While the Qantas partner and Oneworld member has been running a pared-back schedule throughout the pandemic, it's among the airlines which has continued connecting Australia with the rest of the world.

That includes flights to Brisbane, which the airline hopes to continue across 2022 and beyond.

But for now, in line with New South Wales and Victoria removing the need for fully-vaccinated travellers to head into quarantine on their arrival, here's the shape of Qatar Airways' local schedule from December 1.

  • Sydney-Doha: QR909 departs Sydney at 9.45pm-10pm (depending on the day of the week) to reach Doha at 4.35-4.50am the following day
  • Melbourne-Doha: QR905 departs Melbourne at 10.55pm, to reach Doha at 5.20am the following day
Qatar Airways' Sydney and Melbourne flights both feature Qsuites in business class.
Qatar Airways' Sydney and Melbourne flights both feature Qsuites in business class.

Those schedules will align with Qantas' evening departures to Los Angeles, with lounge-worthy passengers on the Qatar Airways flights enjoying access to the Qantas international first class lounges at Sydney and Melbourne.

For the time being, those will be the only international Qantas lounges open at either airport – the Qantas business lounges will remain closed, which means that business class travellers and Gold-grade Qantas and Qatar Airways frequent flyers can visit the first class lounge and enjoy its refined surroundings, à la carte menu and drinks selection.

And for business class passengers, the rest of the journey will be in similar style, as both the Sydney Boeing 777-300ER and Melbourne Airbus A350-1000 jets sport Qatar Airways' superb Qsuites – which offer a fully private experience in a well-appointed cocoon with its own doors and a 'dine on demand' menu.

Qatar Airways' Sydney and Melbourne flights both feature Qsuites in business class.
Qatar Airways' Sydney and Melbourne flights both feature Qsuites in business class.

ET review: Why Qatar Airways' Qsuite is the world's best business class

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker says that travellers can expect the same service as before the pandemic.

"The only thing we do is to (follow) Covid protocols, because we are still not out of the woods... for example, wearing a mask when you'e sitting on your seat and not eating, or if you're moving around the aisles," he tells Executive Traveller.

However, Al Baker indicated that masking rules are relaxed in the high-walled private Qsuites because "you are already isolated in the Qsuite."

"When you are in a Qsuite, you are fully enclosed, so then you don't need to really wear a mask when you're sitting."

The early morning arrivals into Doha dovetail into Qatar Airways' schedule for connections to Europe and the UK – some of which (London and Paris) will once again feature the Airbus A380.

That said, the airline's lounges and Doha Airport's in-terminal hotels provide showers and other facilities for winding down if there's a few extra hours' break in your journey.

Also read: Your guide to Qatar's new 'unbundled' Business Lite fares

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 May 2015

Total posts 55

I am so surprised to see that Emirates have not increased their flights to A380s or having two a day, like the old days!!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

05 Jun 2014

Total posts 210

Give it time...

01 Oct 2021

Total posts 17

I think EK will review the announcements and change up there Sydney/Melbourne schedules.

01 Oct 2021

Total posts 17

Maybe soon they will. Hopefully from December 1st they can bring it back to Melbourne and Sydney daily.

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 328

Shame they aren't bringing back the A380   QR  is ok  in C but F is much better, and you get the C labelled as F  on 787 etc from DOH intra Middle East eg DOH-AMM and use of Al Safwa First Lounge rather than the other F lounge and those just passable C lounges at DOH

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