Qantas has launched Airbus A380 flights between
Dallas/Fort Worth and Sydney.
The introduction of non-stop A380 services from
Dallas/Fort Worth direct to Sydney means travellers can now choose
A380 services from two US hubs, Dallas/Fort Worth or Los Angeles.
Qantas Executive Manager International Sales
Stephen Thompson said the introduction of the A380 on the
would lead to greater opportunities for both tourism and for
“We’ve already carried more than 300,000
passengers on the Dallas/Fort Worth route and we’re confident the
introduction of the A380 will attract more travellers and
introduce more Americans to Sydney and Australia,” said Mr
Thompson. “The new service will mean an additional seat capacity
of more than 10% each week and we will continue to work
with our partners to boost visitor numbers from this important
The Qantas Airbus A380 aircraft is configured in
a three-class cabin layout accommodating 14 first class seats, 64
in business, 35 in premium economy and 371 in economy.
By utilizing the A380’s range capabilities in
replacing Qantas’ 747s between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth, the
airline is now able to serve this route non-stop in both
directions – while the 747 required a stopover in Brisbane on the
return flight because of headwinds.
“With the A380’s unmatched cabin comfort, Qantas
now offers all its passengers a best-in-class experience on this
ultra-long range route,” said Thomas Burger, the A380 Product
Marketing Director at Airbus. “This includes its luxurious first
class cabin, which was not offered on its 747s previously serving
the route. Economy passengers enjoy seats with widths of more than
18 inches, which is Airbus’ benchmark standard and a key
differentiator of our cabins.”
Qantas’ non-stop Sydney-Dallas/Fort Worth
service covers more distance than the previous longest-range A380
route: the Dubai-Los Angeles flight performed by Emirates, which
has a trip length of 13,420 km.
Qantas will operate the A380 service six times per
week (every day except Tuesdays).
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