Qatar Airways has made this announcement:
Qatar Airways has announced the resumption of services to Adelaide, Australia starting from August 16, 2020. The South Australian capital will become the airline’s fifth destination in Australia to resume flights, making Qatar Airways the only international carrier currently servicing five major cities in Australia.
Qatar Airways Cargo has operated a large number of charters and freight-only passenger aircraft to support Australian exporters and transport essential medical supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also introduced twice-weekly Boeing 777 freighters to Melbourne and Perth in April 2020 in response to the demand for Australian fresh produce and pharmaceuticals. With the resumption of passenger flights to Adelaide, the airline will operate a total of 25 flights in and out of Australia every week, comprising of 23 belly-hold cargo flights and two freighters, offering more than 700 tonnes of weekly cargo capacity each way.
Qatar Airways began its services to Adelaide in 2016 — flying the first Airbus A350 into Australia. The twice-weekly service to Adelaide will be operated by the airline’s fuel-efficient Airbus A350-900, offering 36 seats in Business Class and 247 seats in Economy Class. The airline recently made the decision to ground its fleet of Airbus A380s, and instead operate its full fleet of Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 aircraft, as they are more environmentally and commercially sustainable. Benchmark figures identified that Qatar Airways’ fleet of A350 aircraft saved up to 20 tonnes of CO2 per block hour on routes to Australia compared to the A380.
With the resumption of flights to Adelaide, Qatar Airways will operate 23 passenger flights per week to Australia:
● Two weekly flights to Adelaide
● Three weekly flights to Brisbane
● Four weekly flights to Perth
● Daily flights to Melbourne
● Daily flights to Sydney
In other news, the airline has announced an aid program to Lebanon:
Standing with the people of Lebanon, QatarAirways today launches an aid program that will enable citizens and residents of Qatar to donate essential supplies.
We have partnered with Ali Bin Ali Group, Qatar Charity and Monoprix Qatar to deliver the programme, with essential supplies being transported free of charge from Doha to Beirut by Qatar Airways Cargo.
We initially launched the program on Thursday to support donations from our employees, and the response has been overwhelming. Today, we carried over 45 tons of supplies donated by staff from Doha to Beirut.
Finally the airline will resume operations to Lis bon on August 14 with four weekly flights.
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