Qatar Airways has announced its intention to commence flights to Australia before the end of the year.
The inaugural flight to Melbourne will take off from Doha on December 6th and will be operated by a brand new Boeing B777-200 long range aircraft.
According to the airline’s chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker, the opening of a route to Australia is likely to prove popular with travellers, particularly over the Christmas period.
"I know the travelling public is eager for us to begin serving Australia and I’ve had many people ask me about our direct route to Melbourne," he commented.
"The Australian economy was one of the few in the world that grew in the first quarter of 2009, so this shows that the market there is still very strong, and we believe there is demand."
Travellers from the UK and Europe will also benefit from the addition of the new service, as they will be able to embark on one-stop flights to Melbourne via Doha.
Qatar Airways recently signalled its determination to continue its expansion strategy by placing an order for 24 new Airbus A320 Family aircraft.