QatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1883 posts, RR: 10 Posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5578 times:
Yesterday, DEC 6, 2009, Qatar Airways flew to Melbourne, Australia, its 84th destination world-wide using its brand new 777-200 LR. Anybody know what aircraft served the maiden route, and the load factors?
Smi0006 From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 1557 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5309 times:
Flight left on schedule pretty good for a first flight I'd say! Especially with all the media and marketing people buzzing about!
The only real problem is that MEL infrastructure is really struggling with regard to passport control with so many flights going out at this time of the night now its rather pathetic.
Jayeshrulz From India, joined Apr 2007, 1029 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5010 times:
Quoting Smi0006 (Reply 1): The only real problem is that MEL infrastructure is really struggling with regard to passport control with so many flights going out at this time of the night now its rather pathetic.
Very true,but its a surprise.I was expecting SYD to be the one.MEL is actually a fantastic airport but as SO MANY airlines have come up...the airport is being pushed to its limits...other than this, its a nice airport.
Gardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1523 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4966 times:
I happened to be at the airport at the time (picking up the folks from EK flight from AKL...) so went up stairs to investgate. There were some media dudes around the place and what appeared to be some high ranking officials in suits. Also by the entrance to the airside area, there was this band of four men in Arabic clothing playing Arabic music with a billboard behind them ( i got the distinct impression these men were not Arabic however...)
I was hoping for a freebie give away (atleast a poster or a pen!) but no.
Get ready for MEL to get busier soon - it's Viva Macau's turn to land here later this week too.
Fly2CHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2749 times:
Quoting BNEFlyer (Reply 5): so all Aussies can experience their reportedly '5*' service!
Don't hold your breath though. I've flown several carriers (predominently Middle Eastern ones), and Qatar Airways service is really nothing to write home about. It's good compared to some US and European carriers, but in my opinion has a long way to go before they match Etihad and Emirates.
QF175 From Portugal, joined Mar 2007, 702 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2699 times:
In an interview today, Qatar Airways chief Akbar Al Baker identified Perth as the next possible destination in Australia and "warned Sydney that it was not certain to become the next local port to receive direct flights from Doha" - Source