Qantas partner Qatar Airways will upgrade its daily Melbourne-Doha flights to its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft from June 30 2017.
Replacing the current Boeing 777, the superjumbo introduces the airline's first class service to Victorian skies – currently seen flying only to Sydney in Australia – with eight spacious suites found in a 1-2-1 layout...
... ahead of an inflight bar and lounge area shared by both business and first class travellers:
Those business class passengers also gain direct aisle access on the A380, with fully-flat beds in a 1-2-1 layout (pictured) replacing the Boeing 777's 2-2-2 configuration, which has passengers by the windows hopping over their seatmate to access the aisle.
In Melbourne, business class passengers along with Qantas Gold frequent flyers and other Oneworld Sapphire members will have access to the Qantas business class lounge, while first class flyers, Qantas Platinum cardholders and Oneworld Sapphire members can relax in the Qantas First Lounge.
When returning home from Doha or flying onward, first class passengers enjoy entry to the Al Safwa first class lounge, with business class travellers gaining access to the Al Mourjan business class lounge.
Platinum and Oneworld Emerald frequent flyers stuck in economy can instead visit Doha's separate 'First Class' frequent flyer lounge, with Gold-grade travellers and Oneworld Sapphire members invited to visit the 'Business Class' frequent flyer lounge.
"We were honoured that Qatar Airways elected to make Melbourne its first Australian destination, seven years ago," said Melbourne Airport's Chief of Aviation, Simon Gandy.
"Today’s announcement shows just how strongly the passenger demand for this route is growing, and the foresight of Qatar Airways investing in Melbourne all those years ago," Gandy adds.