Qatar Airways has expanded the portfolio of its hospitality division, Dhiafatina Hotels, with the acquisition of the Sheraton Melbourne Hotel.

The 174-room property joins a list of other established hotels under the ownership of the Middle East airline, which include  the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at London’s Heathrow Airport, The Novotel Edinburgh Park in Edinburgh Scotland, the Oryx Rotana Hotel in Doha, and The Airport Hotel located at Doha’s Hamad International Airport (HIA).

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “The acquisition of the Sheraton Melbourne Hotel complements Qatar Airways’ global strategy for growth, and further strengthens our offering for passengers travelling on board our daily flights to Melbourne. Melbourne is an incredibly important destination on the Qatar Airways network, so much so that last year we began flying our state-of-the-art Airbus A380 aircraft to Melbourne.

“Qatar Airways is committed to going places together with our passengers, and I am delighted to announce the acquisition of the Sheraton Melbourne Hotel as part of the Dhiafatina portfolio, hand-picked to extend the excellent service our passengers receive, both in the air and once they arrive at their destination.”

Earlier this week (13 February), Qatar Airways saw its inaugural flight from Doha to Canberra touch down in the Australian Capital Territory, marking the launch of its fifth gateway into the country.