Travel boost: Qatar Airways brings the Airbus A380 back to Perth as demand soars

by James Wilkinson

Qatar Airways is set to dramatically increase passenger capacity on its flights to and from Perth from December 6, 2022, by bringing back the Airbus A380 to Australia.

The Doha-based carriers’ Perth flights were previously operated by the Boeing B777-300ER and passengers will now have a chance to journey on board the A380, which accommodates an additional 163 passengers daily, adding up to 517 seats spread across the three cabins.

“We want to demonstrate our commitment to Australia by continuing the work we did during the pandemic to keep Australians connected. It is imperative for Australian travellers to feel welcome in our city whether they are transiting or visiting Doha,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker.

Qatar Airways’ Airbus A380s feature eight First Class seats, 48 Business Class seats and 461 Economy Class seats and the upgauge is part of the recent strategic partnership between Qatar Airways and Virgin Australia, according to the Middle Eastern carrier.

“This expanded codeshare significantly expands the networks, lounges and loyalty programs of both airlines, bringing substantial benefits and new destinations to travellers,” a spokesperson for Qatar Airways said.

“Launched in September 2022, the partnership opens seamless travel to over 150 destinations across the extensive Qatar Airways and Virgin Australia networks, creating a new gateway of seamless travel between Australia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, including popular destinations such as London, Paris, Rome and Athens.”

The spokesperson said the increased capacity extends Qatar Airways’ commitment to the Australian community by providing greater opportunities for connections to many destinations in its global network.