Sydney Airport welcomes Qatar Airways’ A380
- Upgauge set to further boost tourism and trade to Sydney
- Larger aircraft adds more than 116,000 seats to the route per year
- Daily Doha-Sydney service provides passengers with choice and connectivity
Qatar Airways has upgauged from a 358-seat Boeing 777 aircraft to a 517-seat A380, providing a valuable increase in aviation capacity from the Middle East and adding over 116,000 seats, with a total of over 370,000 seats on the route per year.
“We’re thrilled that Qatar Airways has upgauged to an A380 within six months of the airline’s launch in Sydney, which is testament to their early success and strong loads,” Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kerrie Mather said.
“Qatar Airways’ Doha-Sydney service already generates an estimated 3,000 jobs and contributes more than $240 million to the economy per year, plus it provides passengers with more choice and connectivity.
“Sydney Airport estimates that Qatar Airways’ A380 will deliver an incremental $78 million in inbound visitor expenditure annually to Australia, supporting the federal government’s target of doubling overnight visitor expenditure by 2020.
“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 saves them hours of time on the average itinerary. We are pleased to respond in kind, with the introduction of the A380 service to Sydney, offering 517 seats per flight,” Mr. Al Baker said.
“Qatar Airways brings travellers from Australia to more destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa than any other airline serving Australia today. Australia is one of the main hubs of the business world in Asia Pacific, with many passengers flying worldwide for business and leisure. What better way to serve travellers from this key destination than to introduce our iconic A380 to the country, starting with the nation’s biggest hub, Sydney.”
“Our State is Australia’s home of inbound international travel and we are delighted that one of the world’s top airlines will be bringing more visitors to Sydney to experience our fantastic harbour city, beautiful beaches, world-class events and surrounding regions,” Mr Ayres said.
A three-time Skytrax Airline of the Year winner, Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world, and connects Sydney to more than 150 business and leisure destinations across its global network.
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