Qatar Airways to Restart A380 Services to Perth

The Gulf carrier will offer daily flights aboard the superjumbos before the year-end holidays.

Sailboats on the Swan River downstream of Perth’s CBD. (Photo: Qatar Airways)

Come December 6, Qatar Airways will be increasing passenger capacity on its flights to and from Western Australia’s capital. The Boeing B777-300ERs currently operating on the Doha–Perth route will be swapped out in favor of the double-decker Airbus A380 featuring a three-class configuration with a dedicated onboard premium lounge. Compared to the 777s, the double-decker aircraft will accommodate an additional 163 passengers per day, for a total of 517 including eight in first class, 48 in business, and 461 in economy.

This update is part of the recently inked strategic partnership between Qatar Airways and Virgin Australia. Launched just this month, the expanded codeshare promises substantial benefits to travelers as it increases the networks, lounges, and loyalty programs of both airlines. Together, Qatar Airways and Virgin Australia now serve 150 destinations across the world.

The flight schedule for the Doha–Perth route is as follows:

FIFA World Cup 2022 (December 6–20)
Flight No. From To Departure Arrival Duration Frequency
QR 900 Doha Perth 3:15 a.m. 7:15 p.m. 11:00 Daily
QR 901 Perth Doha 9:50 p.m. 4:20 a.m. +1 11:30 Daily
Winter 2022 (effective December 21)
QR 900 Doha Perth 2:35 a.m. 6:35 p.m. 11:00 Daily
QR 901 Perth Doha 10:55 p.m. 5:25 a.m. +1 11:30 Daily

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said in a statement, “We want to demonstrate our commitment to Australia by continuing the work we did during the pandemic to keep Australians connected.” The airline carried over 330,000 passengers in and out of the country between March 2020 to December 2021 via both commercial flights and special chartered services. Al Baker added that during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the schedule of all flights to and from Perth will take into consideration the timing of football matches, allowing more fans traveling to or from Australia to enjoy the marquee event.

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