Qantas customers will now enjoy the luxury of the world’s largest passenger aircraft on the world’s longest route, with non-stop A380 services launched on 29 September between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth – a flying time of almost 16 hours.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said, “We know our customers will value the comfort of the A380 on this route, particularly for our award-winning seats in every cabin, the sense of space and quiet, our entertainment options and the inflight hospitality.”
“Not only will the A380 increase seats on the route by more than 10 per cent each week, it will also provide us with greater fuel efficiency and the range to operate the return service direct back to Sydney,” said Joyce.
Qantas recently announced increased services to the US, and will now offer customers 41 services per week to North America. About half of these services are operated by A380 aircraft and the other half by B747s with A380-style interiors.
Mr Joyce said introducing A380 services between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth, which is the only direct flight from Australia to inland United States, would also provide greater convenience for customers. The new A380 service will also create further opportunities for both tourism and trade between the two nations.
The new A380 service is the result of several scheduling changes designed to unlock more flying time of the Qantas fleet, as part of the wider Qantas Transformation program.
Qantas will operate the new service six times per week (every day except Tuesdays). QF7 will depart Sydney at 1310 and arrive at DFW International Airport at 1345 local time (the same day).
The return service QF8, will depart DFW at 2215 local time and arrive in Sydney at 0605 two days later (due to an evening departure and the international dateline).
Qantas recognises Destination NSW and Sydney International Airport for their support with the new A380 service to Dallas, and are celebrating the milestone accordingly with special inflight livery and menus that are ‘Texas inspired’ until 5 October.