Up and away

Moving around Sydney this week, it seems barely anyone could miss the news that Qatar Airways is now flying daily from Sydney. From free coffee in Sydney CBD, to bus shelter adverts and a fly-over of its Boeing 777-300 above Sydney Harbour, the national airline carrier of the State of Qatar launched its daily Sydney service with jet-force.

Qatar Airways

The oneworld global alliance member spared no expense in the celebrations, lighting up the Sydney skyline over Darling Harbour with a fireworks display, following a lavish gala dinner at Dockside Darling Harbour with a menu designed by celebrity chef George Colambaris, and an exclusive performance from one of Australia’s favourite entertainers, Kylie Minogue.

Kylie Minogue performs at Qatar Airways’ celebration event | Katrina Holden

The Boeing 777-300, with 42 business class seats in a 2x2x2 configuration, flies daily from Sydney to Doha, connecting at the airline’s hub, Hamad International Airport in Doha, less than two years old and featuring a 25-metre swimming pool, gym, hotel and spa. Connection times for Australian passengers average 90 minutes.

At the event, Qatar Airways Group chief executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said the airline, already flying to 150 destinations on its fleet of 178 aircraft, would be announcing 12 new destinations next month. The introduction of the Sydney route is anticipated to generate an estimated 3,000 jobs in New South Wales. Already flying from Perth, Melbourne and now Sydney, the airline will also begin flights from Adelaide in May.

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