Qatar Airways has continued expanding its network by connecting its hub in Doha the Australian city of Adelaide using an Airbus A350.
Adelaide is the fourth Australian city served by Qatar, having started flights to Melbourne in 2009, Perth in 2012 and Sydney this year. The new service will offer 80 tonnes of bellyhold cargo capacity a week, adding to the 450 tonnes available on the Boeing 777s Qatar uses into and out of Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
The outbound flight, number QR914 will depart Doha at 21.30h and land in Adelaide at 17.00h the next day. The return flight, number QR915, will leave Adelaide at 21.25h and arrive back in Doha at 04.50h the next day.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker says: “Adelaide is an important addition to our route map giving Qatar Airways its fourth gateway into Australia, and we are pleased to offer the people of South Australia the most modern aircraft in the industry to connect them with 38 countries in Europe, 21 destinations in Africa and 27 destinations in the Middle East.”
Adelaide Airport managing director, Mark Young says: “The Qatar Airways Doha-Adelaide service opens up a brand new link with the Middle East, and provides excellent connections further afield such as with Europe and the UK.”
He adds: “We’re excited to be the first airport in Australia to welcome the new-generation Airbus A350-900 aircraft – one of the most technologically advanced twin-engine aircraft in the world.”