Qatar Airways will launch new flights to Melbourne in December in time for the busy holiday season.
The carrier’s chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker confirmed during the third day of the Paris Air Show that services to the Australian city will commence on December 6th.
A brand new Boeing B777-200 aircraft will be used on the route, which will operate three times a week.
It is hoped that flights will increase to a daily service once Qatar takes delivery of a second long-range Boeing.
"I know the travelling public is eager for us to begin serving Australia and I’ve had many people ask me about our direct routes to Melbourne and Sydney," Mr Al Baker said.
"We’re finalising some details with regulatory authorities in Australia, and once we’ve received the necessary aircraft from Boeing, we will be ready to operate."
Mr Al Baker added that the Australian economy was one of the few in the world to grow during 2009’s first quarter, which could be an indicator of strong demand for the new route.
Qatar Airways will increase the frequency of its flights to Paris from Doha to twice daily, which is up from the existing 11 per week, in October.