DOHA, Qatar, Mar 3 – Qatar Airways, Wednesday, celebrated the arrival of its first flight from Doha to Sydney, making this the airline’s third gateway into Australia.

The award-winning airline now operates a Boeing 777-300 daily, from Doha to Sydney, connecting Australian passengers to its global network of more than 150 destinations.

Qatar Airways has been serving Australia since 2009, when it commenced flights to Melbourne, later adding flights to Perth in 2012.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said that, touching down in Sydney for the first time was an important milestone for Qatar Airways and the people of Australia.

“We look forward to taking the people of Sydney to the places they want to go, on our modern aircraft, and giving them a taste of the Arabian hospitality and comfort, that earned us the aviation industry’s most prestigious title of Skytrax Airline of the Year in 2015.”

The new route to Sydney is expected to generate an estimated 3,000 jobs in New South Wales and contribute more than A$240 million to the local economy.

The new service will also provide 84 tonnes of cargo capacity per week, in and out of the New South Wales (NSW) capital, connecting Australia’s leading exporters to Qatar Airways Cargo’s global network of more than 150 stations around the world.

Qatar Airways Cargo, the third largest international cargo airline, already carries 301 tonnes of freight in the belly hold of its Boeing 777 passenger aircraft into and out of Perth and Melbourne per week.

Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Kerrie Mather, said, the flight will foster trade and provide greater air cargo capacity and access to the Middle East.

“Australian exports to Doha grew by 23 per cent last year, and Qatar’s high demand for livestock, cereal, meat, dairy products and crops provides a significant opportunity for Australian exporters,” he added.

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres said, “Through tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, we look forward to working with Qatar Airways and the opportunity to showcase our beautiful city, award-winning restaurants, stunning beaches and surrounding NSW regions to customers of one of the world’s fastest growing airlines.”

With an average connection time of just 90 minutes via the airline’s hub at Hamad International Airport Doha, passengers travelling from Sydney can expect a smooth and seamless journey to their final destination

Source: QNA