The Airbus A350-1000 landed in Brisbane for the first time on Thursday night as Qatar Airways prepares to launch operations in the city.
The airline also confirmed that from Monday, 25 May, Australian passengers will be asked to wear mandatory face masks, while cabin crew will wear full “PPE suits”, including safety goggles and gloves.
Brisbane Airport chief executive Gert-Jan de Graff said, “Until now, Brisbane was the only major capital city in Australia without a Qatar Airways service and Queensland the only major state.
“The service Qatar Airways offers will bring more choice for passengers and the air access and export opportunities to and from Brisbane and the state of Queensland are significant.”
Qatar was the global launch customer for the A350-1000 and was the second carrier to operate the model to Australia after deploying it on its daily Doha-Sydney-Canberra flight last November.
One of the latest additions to the Airbus family of twin-aisle, wide-body jetliners, the A350-1000 offers 327 seats across two cabins.
The airline said that its combination of being more fuel-efficient and having an advanced airframe built from composite materials made it more environmentally friendly.
On the inside, LED mood lighting “mimics a natural sunrise and sunset”, which, it claims, helps to reduce the effects of jet lag.
The A350-1000 is seven metres longer than the A350 XWB and offers 28 per cent more capacity in the Premium Class cabin.
Meanwhile, Qatar announced earlier this week that it will have some of the most stringent PPE requirements for passengers and crew in the world. Today, it seemingly confirmed this will also apply to Australian flights, too.
“Face coverings” will be mandatory, and customers are advised to bring their own for “fit and comfort purposes”.
With the resumption of flights to Brisbane, Qatar Airways will operate 21 passenger flights per week to Australia, with full details at the bottom of the article.
Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker said, “Last month we received exceptional approval to operate short-term services to Brisbane. In co-operation with Australian authorities, we were able to temporarily increase our frequencies and successfully helped thousands of travellers get home.”
NEW QATAR AUSTRALIAN NETWORK
- Three-weekly flights to Brisbane
- Four-weekly flights to Perth
- Daily flights to Melbourne
- Daily flights to Sydney