QR's next 787 destination is PER, making it the first city in Australia with a scheduled 787 service.
Not Air-India to Melbourne by August, not China Southern to Sydney early next year, but Qatar Airways from Doha to Perth in late December now seems highly likely to be the first scheduled service by a 787 Dreamliner to Australia.
Speaking to travel writers in Belgrade, the chief executive officer of the airline, Akbar Al Baker said the 787-8 would be used in the last week of December to lift the current frequency of its Perth-Doha service from three flights weekly to daily, apparently at first in association with the 777s now flying that route and the longer flights from the middle east hub to Melbourne.
Al Baker was speaking shortly after Qatar’s current single 787-8 began shakedown services between Doha and Dubai, prior to being transferred to the London route. He was quoted in Travel Daily as saying the airline would soon have four of the Dreamliners, out of 30 on order, in service.
This is very exciting news! It's great that PER gets a bit of glory nowadays, with EK announcing A380 services from 2013 also.