Qatar Airways is upgrading its daily flights between Doha and Perth to a Boeing 777-300 from October 1.
Larger than the current Boeing 777-200 found zipping between the two cities, the Boeing 777-300 brings with 30% more seats to Doha and beyond to destinations across the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
And, it comes ahead of a further planned upgrade to the Airbus A350 from early 2015, making Doha-Perth one of Qatar's first routes for the new Airbus bird.
Just over two years since Doha-Perth flights began, Qatar Airways’ CEO His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said that international flights to Perth had “proven to be a very sound move”.
Passengers flying from Perth to Doha or onwards to their final destination can also experience the new Hamad International Airport – and if eligible, the 'premium' first class lounge – for themselves.
Covering 600,000 square metres, it features an impressive 138 check-in counters, family friendly activity nodes, 40,000 square metres of retail, food and beverage outlets and an array of lounges with five-star facilities.
For longer layovers, there are also squash courts, a swimming pool and a gym with its own juice bar, or for the more artistic, the terminals are scattered with artwork and sculptures from international artists.
From Perth, Qatar's QR901 flight pushes back at 11:30pm, touching down in Doha at 5:50am the following morning.
On the return from Doha, QR900 is wheels-up at 2am, with an arrival in Perth of 5:55pm the same calendar day, and just in time for an evening meal.
But, as we've found, you could actually wind up earning fewer points on Qatar Airways between Australia and London than you would between Perth and Melbourne on Qantas – and the prospect of status credits isn't much better for members of Qantas Frequent Flyer...
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