Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight to Canberra, Australia, recently touched down at Canberra Airport, where it was welcomed with a traditional water cannon salute.
On board flight QR906 was chief executive, Qatar Airways Group, HE Akbar Al Baker, who was joined by the Australian Ambassador to the State of Qatar, HE Axel Wabenhorst.
The VIP delegation was greeted at the airport by Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Hon Steven Ciobo; the Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Australia, HE Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa; Chief Minister, Australian Capital Territory, Andrew Barr MLA; chairman, Canberra Airport, Terry Snow; and managing director, Canberra Airport, Stephen Byron.
Al Baker stated: “Qatar Airways is delighted to be expanding its reach in Australia by launching our fifth gateway into this beautiful country. In 2016, we launched flights to Sydney and Adelaide, clearly demonstrating our commitment to the people of Australia.
“We are also confident that Australian travellers will be as excited as we are about our many upcoming new destinations set to launch this year, including Cardiff, the United Kingdom; Malaga, Spain and Mykonos, Greece.”
Also speaking on the occasion was Byron: “We are delighted to welcome Qatar Airways to Canberra Airport, the second international airline to come to Canberra. For the first time, Canberrans and around one million people living in our wider region will now have daily access to Qatar Airways’ global network of more than 150 destinations, via a short stopover in Sydney.”
The inaugural flight was operated by a Boeing B777 fitted with the airline’s revolutionary Qsuite.
Qatar Airways will also operate its daily Canberra service with a Boeing B777 aircraft, which features 42 flatbed seats in business class and 316 seats in economy class.