Qatar Airways plans Airbus A350-1000 for Perth, Adelaide

Qatar Airways intends to upgrade its Perth and Adelaide flights to the flagship Airbus A350, but the timeline is TBA...

By David Flynn, September 16 2019
Qatar Airways plans Airbus A350-1000 for Perth, Adelaide

Qatar Airways will begin flying its Airbus A350-1000 to Perth and Adelaide, and savvy business travellers know what that means: more of those the highly-regarded private Qsuites, featuring everything from a sliding privacy door to a massive 21.5-inch HD video screen and superfast WiFi.

The Gulf airline, Oneworld member and de facto Qantas partner already plans to bring the A350-1000 and its Qsuites onto the Doha-Sydney-Canberra route from 16 November 2019, but Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has now added Perth and Adelaide to the list.

“We’re going to start A350-1000 flights to the Australian cities of Perth and Adelaide," Al Baker confirmed in a media interview with AviationAnalyst.co.uk earlier this week, although he didn't specify when this switch would happen.

Executive Traveller contacted Qatar Airways for comment but had not received a response at the time of publication.

Business travellers can look forward to the superb Qsuite on flights from Adelaide and Perth.
Business travellers can look forward to the superb Qsuite on flights from Adelaide and Perth.

Qatar Airways currently flies a Boeing 777-300ER to Perth, although from mid-December 2019 this will return to an Airbus A380 with first class suites as well as the superjumbo's exclusive upper deck lounge.

Qatar launched its Doha-Adelaide flights with the Airbus A350 in May 2016 – the route is currently served by a Boeing 777-300ER but will return to the A350-900 from 1 October 2019.

The Qsuite's middle seats combine to create a 'twin suite' for when you're flying with a partner.
The Qsuite's middle seats combine to create a 'twin suite' for when you're flying with a partner.

In addition to these Aussie upgrades which count as some of its longest flights, Qatar Airways will soon reveal the all-new business class seat of its Airbus A321neo fleet, which will be followed in 2020 by the longer-range A321LR jets.

Al Baker has previously hinted at these being a customised 'off-the shelf' design rather than a fully bespoke product along the lines of the Qsuites, although he has alluded to the seat having "lots of privacy" – an indication that it, like the Qsuites, could boast a sliding door.

Also read: Why Qatar Airways' Qsuite is the world's best business class

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

American Airlines - AAdvantage

13 Jul 2015

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Good news - I wonder if this will help improve Qatar award space- which has become harder and harder to find on Qatar?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 May 2014

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Award seats are currently available for Doha-Perth in F on the A380 for Sept 2020.

Joe
Joe

03 May 2013

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Please ditch the horrible 777 from Sydney and make it an exclusive Airbus A380 / A350 operation. The 777 is horrible to fly in in comparison.

Awesome news for Adelaide! Can't wait to see this bird fly in. Need Emirates to join the party and go back to the -300ER


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