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Wed, 4 May 2016

Qatar Airways Launches Airbus A350 Flights to Adelaide, Australia

Qatar Airways has launched Airbus A350 flights between Doha and Adelaide, Australia.

Adelaide is the fourth city in Australia to be served by the airline, which has been flying to Melbourne since 2009, to Perth since 2012 and to Sydney since March this year.

The Adelaide route is expected to generate an estimated 228 jobs across the state and contribute more than A$41 million to the local economy.

The airline is the first to fly the Airbus A350 to Australia. The A350 was built first and foremost to provide the ultimate passenger experience with wider seats in both Business and Economy Class, the lowest twin engine noise level of any aircraft in its class, advanced air conditioning technology and full LED lighting, all working together to enhance the comfort of passengers while reducing fatigue after a long-haul flight.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said, We are proud to be the first airline to fly the Airbus A350, for which we were the global launch customer, to Australia. 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, Mr. Mark Young said the inaugural arrival was excellent news for both the local tourism industry and South Australians travelling abroad.

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, said Mr. Young. Were 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.

The new service to Adelaide will also provide 80 tonnes of cargo capacity per week in and out of the South Australia hub in the belly hold of the A350, connecting Australias leading exporters to Qatar Airways Cargos global network of more than 150 stations around the world. Qatar Airways Cargo, the third largest international cargo carrier, already carries more than 450 tonnes of freight in the belly hold of its Boeing 777 passenger aircraft into and out of Sydney, Perth and Melbourne per week.

Passengers travelling to or from Adelaide on board the Qatar Airways Airbus A350 in one of its 36 Business Class seats will enjoy one of the most comfortable fully-flat beds in the sky with 80 inches of seat pitch. The 1-2-1 configuration gives every passenger direct access to an aisle and the on-demand la carte menu service allows Business Class passengers to order anything from the menu at any time during the flight. The aircraft also features the state-of the-art Oryx One entertainment system, with more than 3,000 entertainment options on individual screens in all classes. 

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