Qatar Airways' Airbus A380 to fly Perth-Doha from May 2018

By David Flynn, December 15 2017

Qatar Airways will fly its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft to Perth from 1 May, 2018, in what the Gulf carrier and Qantas partner describes as a further sign of its commitment to the Australian market.

The superjumbo will replace the Boeing 777-300ER currently flying on the Perth-Doha route and more importantly, bring with it the option of flying in Qatar's first class suites...

... and for business class passengers, the opportunity to relax in what we rate as the world's best inflight lounge.

Qatar Airways' superjumbo also boasts spacious and well-appointed business class seats.

The Perth-Doha flights also dovetail into Qatar's Airbus A380 services to London and Paris, although passengers may want to look for one of the newer Boeing 777 jets boasting the airline's impressive Qsuite business class.

Qatar also plans to begin flights to Canberra via Sydney from 12 February, 2018.

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.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

15 Aug 2017

Total posts 82

Good news good to get more F into Perth. Finally can use both 380 gates simultaneously for 380’s.

30 Aug 2013

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"Qatar Airways' superjumbo has the same spacious and well-appointed business class seats as the Boeing 777 it replaces"


Ummm this is incorrect. Each aircraft has very different products

24 Oct 2010

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Thanks for the pick-up, fixed!

20 Mar 2017

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This excites me to no end. Booked on this baby for September, bring on that "best in the world" bar!!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Dec 2016

Total posts 33

This is so exciting. Emirates flying their A380’s to Perth is nice, but they have 101 of them, so they can use them practically everywhere. Qatar with only 8 makes it mean more, especially to people of Perth.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Dec 2016

Total posts 41

Great news!!!! Now for etihad..haha

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Jun 2015

Total posts 60

Doubt EY will bring 388 to PER if they cut it from MEL.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

19 Sep 2017

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Where is Qatar pulling the A380 from to service this route? Have they reduced capacity into America and now freed up an A380?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Aug 2016

Total posts 59

I've heard that they're pulling it for Guangzhou.

Also no US bound flights by Qatar are operated by the A380 I'm pretty sure

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

23 May 2013

Total posts 40

They have a couple more A380s still on order so these could be delivered in time to add Perth

Qantas

13 Jun 2015

Total posts 143

Wowee! How about this good news for Perth travelers for the a380 from Perth to Doha? This is going to be huge!
Joe
Joe

03 May 2013

Total posts 399

Qatar are the epitome of what a premium carrier should be...plush, classy and generous. You REALLY get your money's worth with Qatar no matter which class of travel. Qantas boring bland and Emirates semi gaudy (but better than Qantas generally) should take note.

11 Dec 2016

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Why no love for Brisbane? I *really* wish they would have added brisbane to their list of serviced cities :(

07 Oct 2012

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They have no more traffic rights to fly to Bne

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Apr 2017

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Everyone wishes they flew to Brisbane! Hopefully they can get more frequencies soon. I known Akbar was in discussions to start at OOL several years ago, and they’re allowed to fly there, but the business case mustn’t have added up.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Jun 2015

Total posts 60

Yup, they stressed the Qatar-Australia flying rights agreement with starting flights to Sydney (PER, MEL previously), obvious capacity increase on SYD, MEL, and now PER with 388, plus the second daily flight to CBR via SYD, and with 355 to ADL, so they've left nothing.

18 Oct 2015

Total posts 34

I heard word an Eastern carrier was looking at flights to CNS in the future & I know that Qatar have talked with BNE. I’d expect (purely my own prediction) you’d see a CNS or OOL tag flight to BNE. Maybe even Alice Springs or Darwin. I read on another Qatar thread in AusBT that the agreement does not include secondary cities, hence the CBR announcement.

QFF

06 Nov 2012

Total posts 47

Qatar have had several false starts with new equipment for PER so I won't be holding my breath. On the other hand, all my flying these days is leisure with SWMBO and we love the spaciousness and side-by-side seating of the current 777 product. Recently flew DOH - VIE on a 787 with the same business class seat as the A380 and were a little bit underwhelmed with the hard product. So personally I'd be happy to stick with the 777.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

24 Apr 2014

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I was excited until I read your comment but I think you may be right. The 787 and A350 were supposed to come to Perth and I'm pretty sure theres still articles on here referencing that.

24 Feb 2017

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Looks like the 777 is back on the Perth route towards the end of next year...

18 Oct 2015

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Yes I too have been burned by this, my 787 flight in June 13 ended up being a 777

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Dec 2016

Total posts 33

Whilst the possibility remains, in optimistic on this

QFF

19 Sep 2013

Total posts 151

With J fares a lot cheaper than QF and others, great lounges in Doha and London and an inflight eat-anytime J menu, Qatar is already a great choice out of PER, and this only makes it better.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Feb 2014

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Wow!! Those rumours came around very quickly. Perhaps this is to put-off the expected upgauge to 77W from Etihad.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Jun 2015

Total posts 60

The ban maybe was good after all, award availability has shot-up, they've ramped up their inflight services, and redeployed and started focusing even more on key markets like US and Oz with A350, A380, 787, while also now sending them to Geneva, Male, Hyderabad, MIA, DFW.

18 Nov 2015

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And they've had some great sale fares recently. I'm flying from Stockholm to Melbourne (return) in Business Class for $3,500AUD.

18 Oct 2015

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That’s an unreal price!!! You’d expect that from Garuda...

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Feb 2014

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I also wonder how the winter flights will size up considering that many flights are operated by the 777-200LR instead of the 77W.
This will be a winner for F and J passengers.

For those who do not know, Doha is a delightful stopover

for a couple of days. The Museum of Islamic Art is not only a stunning building, the collection is world class. I love it.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

06 Mar 2015

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I can't find any mention or way to book First Class Travel on Qatar's web site. There is no class selection apart from " premium " and that only lists up to Business . Is there something I am missing or is there something wrong with their website?

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Feb 2014

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Probably isn't bookable yet. Announcements are usually made prior to them actually becoming available to book.

20 Mar 2017

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They have already reissued itineraries, we received our updated one on Friday.

06 Jan 2015

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Fantastic, have only flown them once en-route Per-LHR via Doha. The Perth<>Doha legs on the 777 was almost 100% capacity.

11 Sep 2016

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Great news indeed. Wonder if this is in any way a response to QF's direct London flight? Either way the QR business class product is hard to beat. I was looking forward to the new Q Suite on a 777, but I'll settle for an A380!

30 Jan 2018

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Does PER have the infrastructure in place to handle 2 A380’s at he same time?

And will QR have their own lounge for premium passengers, instead of using the ver average QF loung?


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