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Qatar Airways starts flying A380 to Sydney

Doha carrier increases capacity on route by 44%; move prompted by high passenger demand

Qatar Airways starts flying A380 to Sydney

Due to high passenger demand, Qatar Airways has launched its 517-seater A380 aircraft for Sydney flights, increasing its current daily capacity by 44 percent on the route.

The route, which was first introduced with the Boeing 777-300 on March 2016, has seen continued increase in demand since then.

“From the moment we inaugurated service to Sydney earlier this year, we have been welcomed with open arms. Customers flying to and from Sydney appreciate our global route network and our efficient flight schedules, which save them hours of time on the average itinerary,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker.

“Australia is one of the main hubs of the business world in Asia Pacific, with many passengers flying worldwide for business and leisure,” he added.

The Doha-Sydney route reportedly generates around 3,000 jobs and contributes to over $240mn to the economy per year, according to Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kerrie Mather said.

Mather added the A380 will deliver $78mn in annual inbound visitor expenditure to Australia, supporting the federal government’s target of doubling overnight visitor expenditure by 2020.

The A380 comprises twin decks with tri-class configuration of eight seats in First Class, 48 seats in Business Class and 461 in Economy Class. It features sleeper suits, an on-board lounge and amenities from luxury fashion brand Giorgio Armani.

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