Qantas to begin new route to Dallas Fort Worth

Melbourne-Dallas/Fort Worth flights to commence in December

Credit: Visit Dallas

Qantas will launch a new non-stop service between Australia and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas with flights from Melbourne set to commence on 2 December 2022.

The brand new route will complement Qantas’ longstanding Sydney/DFW service, which began 11 years ago in 2011. It also marks the first time Melbourne Airport will have direct flights into the United States, beyond the US West Coast.

Qantas will operate the new MEL-DFW route four times per week using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Qantas 787 lands at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport | Image credit: IG - kc_spots_planes

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DFW is the home hub of Qantas’ North American alliance and oneworld partner, American Airlines, providing onward connections to over 200 destinations in the US, Canada and South America.

The Australian airline is also doubling its current number of flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles aboard its 787s to eight per week, effective this week

Qantas’ refurbished A380s will resume operating some of these flights to LA from December, marking the return of Qantas’ superjumbo and reintroduction of First Class to Melbourne. The superjumbos have a reconfigured Business cabin, with 70 updated suites, an extended Premium Economy section with 60 seats (up from 35) as well as refreshed Economy and First cabins. The upper deck lounge (open to Business and First passengers) has been expanded and upgraded with booth-style seating for 10 people, a self-service bar and an option to order signature drinks and snacks.

Qantas' First Class Suite aboard the A380

Qantas Group Chief Customer Officer Stephanie Tully said the airline was thrilled to be adding another new international destination out of Melbourne.

“No city in the world did it tougher during COVID than Melbourne, but no city is bouncing back as quickly,” Tully remarked.

“We are seeing really strong demand from Melburnians wanting to travel overseas for a holiday or business trip after two years at home, while inbound tourism is starting to pick up. Flights to the United States are particularly strong with Los Angeles bookings now exceeding pre-COVID levels.”

“As well as being a destination in its own right, Dallas Fort Worth is one of the biggest hub airports in the United States and is located less than a four-hour flight from every major US city. These new flights provide excellent connections for Australians visiting the United States and allow Melbourne to tap into an enormous inbound tourism market from cities like New York, Chicago, Boston, Houston, Washington DC, and Miami, as well as saving hours of travel time,” Tully added.

The Qantas executive said there was a large number of customers travelling between Melbourne and DFW, via Sydney, “which gives us great confidence about how this route will perform when flights start”.

“Our customers in Melbourne have told us they have really missed the Qantas A380, so it’s fantastic that they’ll be back flying by the end of the year with our full premium service on these newly refurbished aircraft.

State Fair of Texas in Dallas draws huge crowds annually | Credit: Visit Dallas

Melbourne Lounge reopens

The Qantas Melbourne International Business Lounge has also welcomed its first visitors since the start of pandemic today [Sunday 27 March 2022], with customers flying to Delhi this morning the first to have the opportunity to experience the facility again.

The Melbourne First Lounge, which operated as a hybrid First/Business Lounge during the pandemic, has reverted to the full premium offering.

Lead image: Dallas Skyline from GeO Deck at Reunion Tower | Credit: Visit Dallas

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