Qatar Airways swaps Perth's Airbus A380 for Boeing 777 with Qsuites

By David Flynn, February 26 2019
Qatar Airways swaps Perth's Airbus A380 for Boeing 777 with Qsuites

Qatar Airways will swap out its Airbus A380 from the Perth-Doha route for a Boeing 777-300ER between September and December 2019 as the superjumbo heads into the hangar for routine maintenance.

That's not the best news if you're booked into the superjumbo's first class cabin, as the Boeing 777 lacks first class.

A spokesperson for Qatar Airways tells Australian Business Traveller that "only a minor amount of passengers were booked on the Airbus A380 in first class for this period and these affected passengers will be placed into business class and reimbursed the price difference."

The Boeing 777 also lacks the A380's superb spacious bar and lounge, which we've long considered as the best in the sky and a great place to while away those 11 hours above the clouds.

But there's a wonderful plus for business travellers: the Boeing 777-300ER which will fill in for the A380 sports the airline's latest Qsuites in business class.

We currently rate this as the world's best business class, and we can think of no better way to soar between Perth and Doha – indeed, it's closer to a first class experience, from the option to join your partner in a double bed to Qatar's extensive menu and dine on demand meal service, plus high-speed WiFi to stay in touch with the world below.

Read: How to book a double bed on Qatar's Qsuites Boeing 777

According to the Qatar Airways' website, the Boeing 777-300ER takes over as of the Doha-Perth QR900 flight on September 12 and the Perth-Doha QR901 return leg of the same day; the Airbus A380 slips back into the schedule from December 12.

Also read: How to choose the best Qsuites on Qatar Airways' Boeing 777-300ER


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

25 May 2017

Total posts 80

Q Suites is an amazing product. If only QF would look at this as the minimum standard. QF always are lagging behind competition when they finally launch a new J or F class product.

12 Oct 2018

Total posts 13

Great news albeit temporarily. But "minor amount of passengers" from the Qatar mouthpiece?! wow.


20 Oct 2011

Total posts 4

Fantastic news. The QSuite is significantly better than the A380 product. Let’s hope Qatar make it a permanent change for Perth.


03 May 2013

Total posts 623

Great seat on a crap aircraft that’s very loud with atmospherics of. 707? What have you achieved?! Net gain is a door. Who are Qatar Airways kidding? Give me the A380 any day!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 May 2017

Total posts 1

I know I’m in the minority with this, but I recently flew from Hanoi to London with Qatar on both the Dreamliner and the A350 (Qsuite) and preferred the older product on the Dreamliner (although its not that old). The service was excellent on both legs but I thought it was distracting having someone pop their head over the partition trying to get my attention. Also, the think the large windows on the Dreamliner also helped.


15 Mar 2016

Total posts 16

Flew that route back in Nov, and 20 or 30 mins relaxing in the bar certainly made the flight much more enjoyable. Will miss it.

26 Dec 2018

Total posts 4

They will be swapping it over for good as the noisy 777 will replace it permanently as of December. I will miss the A380. Going emirates now.

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