Qatar Airways has started flying its largest aircraft, the Airbus A380, to Melbourne.
The double-decker aircraft was introduced to the Australian city for the first time on 1 July 2017, increasing Qatar Airways’ daily capacity on the route by 44%.
The A380 features 517 seats in three cabins – eight in first class, 48 in business class and 461 in economy. There is also an onboard lounge for premium passengers and in-flight Wi-Fi.
The A380 flights will now depart Doha’s Hamad International Airport every day at 2010 and arrive in Melbourne at 1905 the next day. The return service will then take off from Melbourne at 2140 and land back in Doha at 0525 the following morning.
With the launch of A380 flights to Melbourne, Qatar Airways passengers can now travel all the way from the Australian city to London and Paris, via Doha, aboard the A380.
Melbourne is one of four Australian destinations for Qatar Airways, along with Perth, Sydney and Adelaide. The carrier’s Gulf rivals, Emirates and Etihad, also currently fly their A380s to Melbourne.