Business class boost as Qatar begin daily services to Canberra in February
Canberra travellers will be able to connect to more than 150 destinations in the Middle East and Europe when Qatar Airways begins daily flights to the capital on February 12.
New details released by the airline and Canberra Airport this week reveal the city’s second international carrier will fly passengers to Sydney on a 358-seater Boeing 777-300 aircraft before joining international connections on the super-jumbo A380.
Canberra to Sydney flights will depart at 1.45pm daily, with incoming flights landing at 8.25am after leaving Sydney an hour earlier.
Business class passengers will have access to fully-flat bed seats, on-demand menu service and 3000 entertainment options on individual screens in all classes. Planned new destinations serviced by the flights in 2018 include Prague, Kyiv, Cardiff, Mykonos and Lisbon.
Qatar group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said Canberra would be the airline’s fifth Australian destination.
“As Australia’s capital city, Canberra is an important addition to our global route map and further boosts the existing strong ties between Australia and Qatar.
“We are confident our highly-acclaimed product will appeal greatly to government, business and leisure travellers alike and we look forward to welcoming our passengers on board very soon,” he said.
Canberra Airport boss Stephen Byron said about 1 million people in the wider Canberra region would benefit from the flights.
“We have had a long-held dream that we could connect Canberra with the rest of the world,” he said.
“The beginning of the Qatar Airways service in February provides seamless access to the major international hub of Doha, and a stepping off point for the Middle East, Europe and points beyond”.
The Qatar flights come after Singapore Airlines became the first airline to operate international flights out of Canberra in September last year, flying to both Singapore and Wellington.
The Qatar daily flight schedule for Canberra Airport:
QR 906 Doha-Sydney: departing 08:10, arriving 06:15
QR 906 Sydney-Canberra: departing 07:25, arriving 08:25
QR 907 Canberra-Sydney: departing 13:45, arriving 14:45
QR 907 Sydney-Doha: departing 15:55, arriving 22:30