By Andy Sambidge
Doha-based carrier says it will add more than 1,000 extra seats per week on services to Australian city
Qatar Airways has announced plans to increase capacity on its Perth route with an aircraft upgrade to a Boeing 777-300.
The increase in capacity on services to the Australian city will go into effect on October 1, the airline said in a statement.
The Perth route, the carrier said, has seen "exceptional growth" over the last two years.
The capacity increase from a Boeing 777-200 to a 777-300 will bring a 30 percent increase in seats on the direct daily flights to Perth Airport, with the number of seats rising by 1,064 per week.
Perth, first launched in July 2012, became the second Australian destination for the airline, joining Melbourne which was launched in 2009.
Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways was very pleased to be able to expand our operations in Australia by adding Perth to our network of destinations just two years ago. It has proven to be a very sound move as we have had great success with the route.
"And now, just two years later, we are already increasing our capacity to meet the needs of our Australian passengers.”For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.