UPDATE | Qatar Airways will begin daily flights from Canberra via Sydney to Doha from mid-February 2018, in a move which will also see Gulf carrier's Sydney-Doha route increase to a double-daily service. Read our latest story for full details.
PREVIOUS | Qantas partner Qatar Airways will add Canberra to its list of Australian destinations in 2017/18, bringing Australia's national capital its second international service.
The airline is yet to lock down a launch date for the new Canberra-Doha route, but Canberra Airport Managing Director Stephen Byron expects the service to launch between July 2017 and June 2018 as an evening departure from Canberra.
Speaking at a media conference in Canberra, Byron confirmed the flights would run non-stop to Doha without detouring via another Australian city, such as Adelaide, and tipped the flights would use "new-generation aircraft, most likely the (Airbus) A350."
Qatar Airways will also debut flights to Las Vegas, Dublin, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Medan, Tabuk and Yanbu during 2017/18.
"With today’s network announcement, we will be able to connect more people to more places than any other Gulf airline, and we will ensure our passengers will delight in the journey," said Qatar Airways Group CEO, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker.
Earlier this year, Qatar Airways launched Doha-Adelaide flights using its Airbus A350 aircraft and commenced daily service between Doha and Sydney using its flagship Airbus A380s, complete with first class.
The airline also links Doha with both Melbourne and Perth, but is unable to launch direct Brisbane-Doha flights under current international 'traffic right' agreements.
Canberra is slowly becoming a destination in its own right for international carriers, with Singapore Airlines launching Singapore-Canberra-Wellington flights in September, placing Canberra as a springboard between the Singaporean and New Zealand capitals.
Qatar Airways is a member of the global Oneworld airline alliance, allowing frequent flyers of airlines such as Qantas, Cathay Pacific and British Airways to earn and redeem frequent flyer points on their travels.