Qatar Airways, which already sends a daily A350-900 into Adelaide, is showing the city even more love by putting the A350-1000 onto the Doha – Adelaide – Doha route fulltime from 29 March 2020.
Sydney and Canberra are picking up Qatar Airways’ first A350-1000 service into Australia when the aircraft starts operating the daily QR906/907 service from 1 November 2019.
In an interview in September, Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker flagged operating the A350-1000s into both Perth and Adelaide sometime in the future. And Adelaide appears to be first taxi off the rank.
What’s the difference? The A350-1000 is a bigger aircraft. It is 13 metres longer than the A350-900. It has a larger cargo and passenger capacity. The A350-1000 can also fly 1100 kilometres further. The A350-900 seats 283 passengers in two cabin classes. The A350-1000 seats 327 passengers. There are 281 economy class seats in a 3-3-3 configuration. These seats have a width of 17.4” and a pitch of 31”-32”. The 46 business class passengers still get the Q Suites in the 1-2-1 configuration.
Passengers will barely notice the difference, but the upsizing of the aircraft is a show of confidence in Adelaide by the Middle Eastern carrier. It’s also interesting that they are deploying their latest premium aircraft on what is essentially a secondary rather than flagship route.
The Doha – Adelaide – Doha Qatar Airways A350-1000 schedule effective 29 March 2020 is:
|Dep Doha (DOH)||QR914||Daily||20:35|
|Arr Adelaide (ADL)||17:20 (+1)|
|Dep Adelaide (ADL)||QR915||Daily||22:10|
|Arr Doha (DOH)||05:50 (+1)|
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