Tuesday marked the beginning of Qatar Airways’ route to Adelaide, their fourth city in Australia. The world’s newest plane, Airbus A350 from Doha, Qatar landed at the Adelaide International Airport to be greeted by VIP delegates including SA Minister of Tourism Leon Bignell himself. On board this inaugural flight was Qatar Airways CEO, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker. This new route is expected to generate 228 jobs across the state and contribute to the local visitor economy as well as commercial exports.
Qatar Airways is a multi award winning 5-star airline that consistently strive to innovate and improve the customer experience. They are proud to globally launch the new Airbus A350 XWB which is flying to Australia boasting wider ergonomically designed seats, quieter engines, advanced air conditioning technology, higher humidity and individual HD screens. This plane also has a dynamic LED lighting system with cycles, tones and colours to suit the time of day and destination in order to help reduce jet lag. It is also a lightweight aircraft with more than 70% of the aircraft made using lightweight materials instead of just the traditional carbon fibre thus saving huge costs in fuel. With that Qatar and Airbus are proud to boast lower carbon emissions.
This newest aircraft in their fleet will connect South Australians with a total of 86 destinations in Europe, Africa and Middle East. Named best airline in the world in 2015, they understand passenger comfort on long-haul flights. The Oryx One inflight entertainment system will keep you occupied with nearly three times the number of movies and TV shows on board. If that isn’t enough, a USB and Apple Iport socket is available for charging and loading entertainment from your own device. The A350 will also have on-board Wifi and GSM service so you can stay connected.
Passengers travelling in Business Class will enjoy comfortable 80″ fully flat beds. The 1-2-1 configuration gives every passenger direct access to an aisle. There is also an on-demand a la carte menu where Business Class passengers can order anything from the menu at any time during the flight.
The average connection time between flights at the state of the art Hamad International Airport, Doha is only 90 minutes. “We want to get the passengers to their destination as fast as possible” said Mr Al Baker. This meant Aussie travellers could get to top destinations in Europe such as London, Paris, Amsterdam and Athens in under 24 hours.
At the press conference on Wednesday, Mr. Leon Bignell said “South Australia will be opened up to an even larger international audience with Qatar Airways flying from more than 150 destinations around the world providing additional links. As Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, I am also keen to ensure we fill the freight section of the daily flights with premium South Australian seafood and high-quality fruit and vegetables.” Qatar Airways will also be using Australian produce and locally sourced on board catering where possible.
If you’ve been thinking of travelling, Qatar Airways currently have some great introductory fares. The sale is expected to end in 12 weeks so don’t take too long to decide. I can’t wait to check the A350 out myself. Those long-hauls to Europe might not be so bad after all.