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First new generation Airbus lands in Australia on inaugural flight from Doha

Adelaide welcomed the first new-generation Airbus A350 to Australia on Tuesday, on Qatar Airways inaugural flight from Doha.

Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways Image by Aero Icarus / CC BY-SA 2.0

The A350 is said to provide the “ultimate passenger experience” with wider seats in both business and economy, the lowest twin engine noise level of any aircraft in its class, advanced air conditioning technology and full LED lighting. In combination the extra comfort should reduce fatigue after a long-haul flight.

The lucky passengers travelling to/ from Adelaide on board the Qatar Airways Airbus A350 in one of its 36 business class seats will enjoy one of the most comfortable fully-flat beds in the sky with 80 inches of seat pitch. Every business class passenger has direct access to an aisle and the on-demand à la carte menu service. All classes have access to the new Oryx One entertainment system with more than 3,000 entertainment options on individual screens.

The new route has been welcomed by South Australia’s tourism industry, opening the state to more international visitors with direct daily flights from Doha to Adelaide. The extra route will also connect South Australian passengers to more than 150 destinations on Qatar’s route map: 38 countries in Europe, 21 destinations in Africa and 27 destinations in the Middle East.

Adelaide Image by Michael Coghlan / CC BY-SA 2.0

South Australia’s Minister for Tourism, Leon Bignell said: “Qatar Airways was named ‘2015 Best Airline in the World’ and these direct daily flights will bring in more than AU$41 million into our visitor economy and create 228 jobs across the state”. Adelaide is the fourth city in Australia to be served by Qatar Airways, which has been flying to Melbourne since 2009, to Perth since 2012 and to Sydney since March this year.

With an average connection time of just 90 minutes via the airline’s hub at Hamad International Airport (HIA), passengers travelling from Adelaide can expect a seamless journey via Doha. The airport, which opened in 2014, has 70 retail and 30 food and beverage outlets, as well as a 25-metre swimming pool, gym, hotel and spa.