Qatar Airways launches airport chauffeur service – for a price...

By David Flynn, September 19 2017

Qatar Airways now offers an airport chauffeur service to whisk travellers between home or office and the airport.

However, the Oneworld member won't be making it free – even to passengers booked in its first class suites.

Instead, all passengers will pay a fee for booking a driver through global partner Blacklane, which lists  upmarket models from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac in their fleet.

Standard rates from North Sydney to Sydney Airport range from US$110 (A$138) for a 'business class' ride in the likes of a Mercedes-Benz E-Class or BMW 5 Series, with the 'first class' option of a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series or Audi A8 priced at US$162 (A$202).

From South Yarra to Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport the same options span from US$96 (A$120) to US$164 (A$205).

Those prices, Qatar notes, include "all taxes, tolls, fees and gratuities", making it an all-inclusive rate which includes up to one hour of complimentary waiting time for pickups from the airport.

Gulf rival Etihad recently axed its free chauffeur service for first class and business class travellers, opting instead for a fee-based service through contractors in each country.

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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.

alansu

alansu

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Jan 2015

Total posts 67

Just get an Uber..

eminere

eminere

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1136

At those prices I'd just Uber it.

hwle

hwle

05 Dec 2013

Total posts 36

Is this service available to any traveller or only if you are booked on a QR or QR partner flight?

TheBigM

TheBigM

07 Mar 2017

Total posts 32

This would be a Qatar partnership; probably Qatar get some commission from bookings..

However, Blacklane are an existing public provider and you can book directly through them yourselves, for similar rates.

Michael Kao

Michael Kao

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Nov 2014

Total posts 340

Why do I have a feeling that EK will start charging for chauffeur soon?

eminere

eminere

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1136

Hopefully not - at this stage this is one of their key points of difference vs their immediate ME competitors.

Tek

Tek

21 Sep 2017

Total posts 2

The rates seem excessive to me, and there are many other transport providers that are more competitive. Im not surprised as even the EK/QA service will finish soon.

NLF

NLF

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

16 Jun 2016

Total posts 15

Can you clarify what you mean by the EK/QF (I assume you meant) service will finish soon?

Tek

Tek

21 Sep 2017

Total posts 2

Yes sorry Emirates / Qantas. Was advised this service will finish approx Nov 2017. I was told it was scheduled to finish in Sept 2017. Basically it wont last much longer. I never use the car service as the local providers in WA tell you what time they will pick you up and they now use Skoda's which ill give a miss.

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