Ok, when I first saw this I didn’t really know what to say – why, what, are Qatar crazy? they all seem to fit. The airline is known to do some pretty crazy and adventurous things which has earned them a reputation. I quite like the airline and find their CEO very intriguing but they really do make some interesting decisions sometimes and this is one of them…
Australian Business Traveller reports that Qatar will place their A380 on the Perth route instead of their 777-300ER which is currently operating the route at this time.
No you didn’t read that wrong, PERTH will get the carriers A380! Currently Sydney and Melbourne both get the Qatar A380 and even those routes don’t fully utilise the aircraft. I’ve flown the Sydney leg twice (once from both ports Doha & Sydney) and the flights have never had fantastic loads. First has always been empty, Business maybe half full and Economy has been average.
I understand major Oneworld hubs getting the aircraft but does Perth really need this aircraft? I really don’t think this is a logical decision and think the carrier could have put it on another route where they will actually profit off it.
I’m really just confused and am just sitting here trying to figure out what the heck they would do it but oh well. Even if they wanted to, Qatar couldn’t launch another route use the aircraft there as they’ve already reached the maximum services allowed by the government. If they were allowed, I could see them put it on a Brisbane service if that ever did happen.
Emirates is the only carrier flying a First Class cabin to the Middle East from Perth and there just isn’t too much demand for premium travel, Etihad use a 2-class 787 without first and Qatar’s 777 is 2-class as well.
Qatar, you’re one interesting airline…