A line-up of VIP guests and celebrities walked Qatar Airways’ red carpet at the gala event held on Thursday 3 March at the Dockside Pavilion in Darling Harbour, Sydney.
Celebrating the launch of its new flights to Sydney, which commenced on 2 March 2016, the award-winning airline gave guests a taste of the five-star service and hospitality that they can expect every time they travel on board one of its modern aircraft anywhere in the world.
Special guests at the gala event included actor Richard Roxburgh and his wife Silvia Colloca; Olympic swimming champion, Ian Thorpe; host of Australia’s Next Top Model, Jennifer Hawkins; Celebrity Chef, George Calombaris; and British Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh. Other VIPs included The Hon. Stuart Ayres, NSW State Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events; Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer, Sandra Chipchase; Kerrie Mather, Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer; and His Excellency Mr. Arthur Spyrou, Australian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
Speaking at the gala event, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “Tonight has been the perfect start to our new partnership with Sydney. We are very excited to be here as Sydney has long been a desired addition to our route map; our passengers have consistently requested more access to Australia and we are very happy to deliver. I am very proud that Qatar Airways is able to create more opportunities for Australians to see the world.”
He added: “I would like to thank all of our supporters in Australia for their warm welcome and for joining us here tonight on this very special occasion.”