Qatar Airways launches Sydney flights

By David Flynn, March 2 2016
Qatar Airways launches Sydney flights

Qatar Airways will elbow its way into Australia's largest and most competitive travel market when the Gulf carrier begins daily flights between Sydney and its Doha hub this week.

The Oneworld member and de facto Qantas partner is most noticeably going toe-to-toe against its 'Gulf three' siblings and rivals Emirates and Etihad, which between them have five daily flights including both airlines' A380 superjumbos.

Qatar's Sydney-Doha flights will operate on a Boeing 777-300ER with fully-flat business class beds – the same aircraft as used on the Melbourne route.

AusBT review: Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER business class, Melbourne to Doha

Flight QR909 departs Sydney at 10.20pm to reach Doha at 5.05am the next day, with a stream of onwards connections to London and Europe.

The companion flight QR908 is set for wheels-up from Doha at 8.10pm for an 6.05pm arrival into Sydney.

Photo tour: Qatar Airways Airbus A380 first, business class

Qatar will drop another pin into its Aussie network map in May with the launch of flights to Adelaide using the new Airbus A350, which features the airline's latest lie-flat business class seats with a spacious 1-2-1 configuration.

Each seat converts to an 80 inch fully flat bed and has its own 17 inch high-definition personal video screen.

Photo tour: Qatar Airbus A350 business class

Flight QR915 will be wheels-up from Adelaide at 9.30pm and reach Doha at 4.50am the next day, with onwards connections to the Europe and the UK, while the companion flight QR914 from Doha departs at 8.55pm to arriving into Adelaide at 4.25pm the following day.

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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.

Lufthansa - Miles & More

29 Jul 2014

Total posts 182

It would be nice to see the A380 on the route to give them a full LHR-DOH-SYD service with the same product to help against Etihad and Emrites. 


13 Jun 2015

Total posts 140

Yes and will face a big competion to the middle east destinations like EK (Dubai), QF (Dubai), EY (Etihad).


Thai Airways International - Royal Orchid Plus

16 May 2011

Total posts 113

Would also be good if they offer the A380 for MEL too, would give them an competitive edge over EY's x2 daily services and the EK/QF x4 daily combo. There were talks of MEL going A380 at some stage, QR definitely has made a name for itself in MEL and knows the market well.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Oct 2014

Total posts 681

Sorry, but we're NOT discussing EK here with their fleet of 50+ A380's to play with.

While it might be 'nice' to have a QR A380 on SYD and also one on MEL, that's all it will be - 'nice', a 'thought-bubble.

No carrier in its right mind opens a brand new route with the world's largest and most expensive jet. Perhaps, sometime down the road - when the carrier has at least some minimal experience with the route - or when they have finite figures which can demonstrate that moving an A380 from one destination to another would successfullly increase revenue.

 I would also suggest that you have a look of how many A380's exist in QR's fleet. As said, we are NOT talking EK.

31 Mar 2014

Total posts 376

"No carrier in its right mind opens a brand new route with the world's largest and most expensive jet."


My first thoughts when I read the comment too


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 May 2011

Total posts 734

It appears that "some time down the road" is June!! 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Nov 2011

Total posts 362

Just what the QFI J lounge needs, more premium pax to squeeze in...

07 Aug 2012

Total posts 194

To meet EU connecting flights, QR will probably depart around 10PM. The QF lounges aren't too busy at that time.

02 Jan 2013

Total posts 142

Any airline that operates 9 abreast in Economy on a 777 is worthy of flying with in my books.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

10 Jan 2012

Total posts 260

Soon to go 10 abreast though... But having flown QR Y on the 77W, A320 and A330, they offer a great product down the back.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

14 Jan 2014

Total posts 341

Their B787 is a nightmare though. Really tight squeeze for Y pax

Lufthansa - Miles & More

29 Jul 2014

Total posts 182

In all fairnes I dont have a massive deal with 9 abrest Y on the 787 it isn't all bad and Qatar is one of the best in my opnion 

Well Qatar's 787 seats are even narrower than those of most 9-abreast 787 operators. They're about 16.9" wide (!).

BA are finding a way to install 17.8" seats at 9-abreast in a 787. That is certainly tolerable (with enough booze). Qatar's seats are absolutely tiny, however.

Lufthansa - Miles & More

29 Jul 2014

Total posts 182

Only on some of them!!

Qatar Airways

04 Apr 2014

Total posts 26

Sydney will be a tough market for QR to crack. Curfew means that they have a limited connection proposition in Doha, and existing competition is fierce, especially with QF / EK and VA / EY working together.

That said, more competition will be good news for customers.

22 Aug 2015

Total posts 18

Can be possable, QR can leave Doha around 11pm or so and arrive around late afternoon/early evening to sydney, and then leave Sydney just before the curfew

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Oct 2012

Total posts 6

A top airline...if not the best I've flown on...Would love to see them into Sydney;

I suspect QF will try to 'think' hard how to lock QR pax out of their lounges !

12 Dec 2012

Total posts 1024

If that were to happen, they could just do the same that QR did with their DOH and LHR lounges.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

15 Mar 2015

Total posts 59

Yes one of the best J products I've flown (A350,A380) would not hesitate to choose them again over QF,EK to Europe 

02 Jan 2013

Total posts 142

With the introduction of ANA in December and hopefully QR in the near future, this will mean SYD will be served by 6 of the 7 5-Star Airlines in the world, the only exception being Hainan Airlines.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Aug 2014

Total posts 504

Wow Sydney will soon become one of the very main airports in the future with all these new services coming in.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Jan 2012

Total posts 171

Sydney is certainly getting a few new airlines.....

Xiamen Air, ANA and American Airlines all within 3 weeks of each other at the end of the year.

Then Qatar and possibly Turkish in 2016.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Jul 2015

Total posts 220

Careful Rishi what you ...we wil have everyone from Melbourne and Perth chiming in if they read your post. LOL

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Sep 2013

Total posts 187

Given up complaining, nobody cares, seems we'll just gave to hang out for Malindo to start flying here..

06 Feb 2014

Total posts 114

Wonder what Qantas and Emirates think of world alliance partner vs strategic partner, both from the middle east.

21 Jul 2012

Total posts 128

QF should have hooked up with QR in the first place instead of EK.  That would have made a formidable pairing, and QF would have been a real partner as opposed to the current EK arrangement.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 May 2013

Total posts 12

Qantas and Qatar definitely has a nice ring to it

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Nov 2011

Total posts 362

Double red eye....ouch.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

Total posts 38

As are most Australia to Middle east flights and if your doing Australia to Europe or vv in one go, its pretty much impossible to do all as daylight flights. 

09 May 2015

Total posts 33

Agree.  When I do Bangkok to Europe on EK,  it's late nite early morning for each flight and I'm just a zombie throughout. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Feb 2015

Total posts 372

Brisbane next?

07 Oct 2012

Total posts 1251

Well these flights will exhaust the (freshly increased) allocation of flights between Aus-Qatar. So not in the near future.

07 Oct 2012

Total posts 1251

Not much time for tech issues in Sydney. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 May 2014

Total posts 112

Wonder how long it will be before the 77W is swapped out for the BKK A380?

That would heat things up amongst the M3!

And it would also provide Qatar's best product to Sydney. Their A380 Economy seats are 18.5" wide, which is generous.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Feb 2014

Total posts 445

I'd expect Brisbane before 2017 too.

31 Aug 2015

Total posts 4

They could begin the first A350 to Australia. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Oct 2014

Total posts 681

QR begins ADL service at the beginning of May .. and yes, with their A350-900.

Frankly, this is a smart move from QR. It may allow them to grab some credible traction in the ADL market with QF not bothering to compete in the ADL (international) market and with EK competing with older and more ordinary B777's.

Whilst QR has experienced a slower ramp-up in Australia, it has allowed them to establish and defend a decent presence in PER, a significant niche presence in MEL - to which they are now adding SYD and ADL. And most of this appears to be built on reputation for service and word-of-mouth recommendations.

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

11 Mar 2015

Total posts 192

certainly the arrival time is much better than the one for Melbourne if you want to connect for a domestic flight like to Adelaide

05 Oct 2015

Total posts 4

What ever what who ever who comes are most welcome to this great City BUT and BUT  what we all the citizens wants is cheap airline tickets to fly around the world. when the Aussie is  dollar going where ever to where ever due to manupulating of currency or not  we all wants to fly to europ for 1200 or less.  not  for 1400 or 1700.

We all will get stuck in here and every one out side will have a nice holiday if not wasting our resourcers food nature and the beautiful sceens.  

sincerly hope QR will give us that around 1000 Aussie dollars return to anywhere they go to europe will make them the best sold airline. Then comes others too to match it.

AI came with a good fare to india in the start but they tricked all of us later. money money money. 

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

06 Feb 2014

Total posts 71

 HEM  Waat   U  saying  man? who   fly   u  to   europe   for 1000 dollars? you  not get  to   fly  to  india  even   for  that   price.


10 Dec 2015

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<<sincerely hope QR will give us that around 1000 Aussie dollars return to anywhere they go to europe...Al came with a good fare to India in the star but they tricked all of us later.  money....>>

Such QR deal is purely promo & short-term in nature(To help get fm 0 customer to some customers on a route) and trust me, not even remotely econ sustainable in the long term for QR(Nor any carrier) if U hv a slight clue about airline op cost on such long flights.

It's really just simple math+a bit of common sense and U won't need a MBA degree to figure that one out.  See the following example /illustration for a SYD-DOH-LHR itin /operation by QR:

1)  Your lowest Y fare=AUD 1,000

2)  Total R/T distance=35,000km+

3)  Rev$ earned fm U by QR per km=Below AUD0.03 per km

Except walking /jogging(But U hv to be fasting because food costs $), there's practically no mode of transportation exists in Australia(Actually, almost anywhere on earth), for short or long journeys, that charge /cost U only 3 cents to carry U for every km travelled.  A 1way train ride between SYD int and domestic terminal is less than 2km, cost @ least AUD4..meaning AUD2 earned per km by SYD airport authority or about 70x higher earning per km than what QR can earn from AUD1,000 airfare to/fm London.....and the airport authority won't even load 20kg of your bags(U hv to load them onto the train by yourself), feed U 4 meals+wine/beer, give U non-stop movies to watch, etc. like QR will be...  If an airline can offer the same trip for AUD1,500 yr-round across yrs, it's pretty darn good already and they will still be @ a financial loss.

AI's launch deal was a similar story...they would hv been bankrupted yrs ago if they continued such fare even when armed with nearly bottomless gov't subsidy/funding.  So lets try to be just a tad more econ realistic here before concluding a <trick> has been/will be played onto consumers by any airline....

<<we all wants to fly to europ for 1200 or less.  not for 1400 or 1700.>>

Might as well make it<<we all want to fly to Europe for free whenever we want, not for 1200, 1400 or 1700>>.  Welcome to Econ costs something to produce something...

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

06 Feb 2014

Total posts 71

now  all   sydney   needs is  a  world  class  International  terminal!

17 Jun 2011

Total posts 65

Exactly - SYD cannot keep adding airlines and additional flights - IT IS ALREADY FULL!

I flew out Dec 15th last goodness what a mess T1 was in.

"The Oneworld member and de facto Qantas partner..."

Isn't QR the de jure Qantas partner, since both are rightfully in the Oneworld alliance?

The de facto Qantas partner is EK, where Qantas has chosen to pursue a special arrangement with EK outside of the Oneworld alliance.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Sep 2012

Total posts 241

Well QF and EK have a joint services agreement whereas QF and QR are simply alliance bedfellows (and uncomfortable ones at that).

I see your point though.

Sadly EK are just so huge now that QF probably wouldn't have been able to get the reach it has through EK if it had gone with QR.

PLUS.... BA and QR are very close. And I understand the divorce lawyers are still making millions after the QF/BA spilt..

I just think it's ironical that we had Irishmen at the helm of both companies when this imperial alliance was shattered. 


03 May 2013

Total posts 668

I think QF/QR/BA/AA alliance would have been a great team and with all already being OW bonus.



31 Mar 2014

Total posts 23

IMHO QR currently has the better J class product. Why indulge in an EK J class experience where the seat is 18.5 inches wide (SQ  Y is 19 inches) and is so cramped  when you can get 22 inches on a QR 777. Even EY is only 20 inches in J. The only issue for me will be lounge access in SYD if QF start to kick up. The QR lounge in MAN is very poor compared to EK but then I'm on the plane for 14 hours and the lounge 2 max.

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