Adelaide Airport has welcomed its first Qatar Airways from Doha. The inaugural service, operated by an Airbus A350, was greeted by a delegation of VIPs including South Australia’s Minister for Tourism, the Honourable Leon Bignell; Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mr Mark Young; the Governor of South Australia; His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, and Chief Executive Officer of South Australian Tourism Commission, Mr Rodney Harrex.
Adelaide is the fourth city in Australia to be served by Qatar Airways (which has been flying to Melbourne since 2009) to Perth since 2012 and to Sydney since March this year.
Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mr Mark Young said the inaugural arrival was excellent news for both the local tourism industry and South Australians travelling abroad: “We’re excited to be the first airport in Australia to welcome the new-generation Airbus A350-900 aircraft – one of the most technologically advanced twin-engine aircraft in the world.”
The new service to Adelaide will also provide 80 tonnes of cargo capacity per week in and out of the South Australia hub in the belly hold of the A350.