Qatar Airways to re-launch direct Doha to Auckland service

A Qatar Airways Airbus A350 parked on the tarmac.
Photo Credit: Qatar Airways

September 2023 will see the relaunch of Qatar Airways direct services between Doha and Auckland, New Zealand. The route will be operated by the carrier’s Airbus A350 fleet.

Return to Auckland

Qatar Airways is re-introducing a direct Doha to Auckland flight, which is now set to commence on 1 September 2023. The renewed service will operate seven times a week, departing daily at 01:50 local time.

The airline will be operating an Airbus A350-1000 on the route with 46 Business Class and 281 Economy Class seats. A key feature of the service is the Qsuite, which is available to Business Class passengers. 

The news of the re-established direct service comes as Qatar Airways moves to bolster services in key markets.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “The direct Doha to Auckland service augments a number of new routes announced in recent weeks and enables passengers in key European markets including the UK and Ireland to save time with this direct connection.”

“You Business Class passengers on board our Auckland flights can also enjoy the enhanced privacy of Qsuite, which has been awarded the Best Business Class Seat in the World.”


Travellers are now able to book flights for the service resumption on 1 September 2023. Those previously booked for after 1 September travel will be re-accommodated by the carrier, due to their tickets being via Adelaide to Auckland.  

Qatar Airways continues to lead the recovery of international air travel, with the airline now rebuilding its network to more than 160 destinations worldwide.

Doha – New Zealand travel

Qatar Airways, the flag carrier of Qatar, has traditionally been the primary airline connecting the two countries.

Typically, in the absence of direct services, travelers would book flights with Qatar Airways or other airlines that offer connecting routes. Passengers would transit through cities such as Sydney or Melbourne in Australia, or Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, before continuing on to New Zealand.

Qatar Airways current service operates indirectly via Adelaide in South Australia.

About Qatar Airways

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was announced as the ‘Airline of the Year’ at the 2022 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax.

The airline continues to be synonymous with excellence having won the main prize for an unprecedented seventh time (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022), while also being named ‘World’s Best Business Class’, ‘World’s Best Business Class Lounge Dining’ and ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’.

Qatar Airways currently flies to more than 160 destinations worldwide, connecting through its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport, voted by Skytrax as the ‘World’s Best Airport’ in 2021 and 2022 consecutively.

This year, Hamad International Airport has been ranked by Skytrax as the second-best airport in the world, and received the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ accolade for the ninth time in a row, as well as ‘World’s Best Airport Shopping’.

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