On Saturday, 3 December, Qantas began nonstop service between Melbourne and Dallas/Fort Worth, adding to its already popular Melbourne-Los Angeles route.
Departing from Melbourne at 2 p.m. and arriving in Dallas/Fort Worth at 12:45 p.m. local time, the service will operate every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
With an outbound time of 15 hours and 45 minutes and an inbound time of 17 hours and 25 minutes, the direct service will be the longest flight ex Melbourne and the fourth-longest route globally.
Australians can access more than 200 cities in North America through airline partners, thanks to Dallas/Fort Worth’s position as one of the United States’ largest hubs.
Qantas’s business partner American Airlines, who will market and sell the route to consumers in North America, will provide code-share services.
At a time of high demand for air travel, Qantas Domestic & International CEO Andrew David expressed the company’s delight in opening up a second US route out of Melbourne.
“We’ve already had a fantastic response to these flights since they went on sale,” he added, “not just from people wanting to visit Dallas, but also from travellers wanting to take advantage of the good connections to popular destinations like Orlando, Miami, and Boston.”
“New routes also create opportunities for more tourists to visit Australia.” We want to express our gratitude to the Victorian Government and Melbourne Airport for their support and collaboration in bringing this route online.”
“This is the first time Victoria has a nonstop connection to a North American city that is not located on the west coast,” said Melbourne Airport CEO Lorie Argue. “It will help provide local travellers and exporters with faster and easier access while bringing more international tourists to Victoria.”
Qantas and Jetstar are starting their new routes just before the summer break in Australia.
Over Christmas, the Group expects to transport over 8 million passengers, with exceptionally high demand for leisure travel.
Though capacity expansion has been slowed for the time being due to an operational buffer (including a $200 million investment in standby resources), additional aircraft will be entering service, and many new international routes will launch before the holidays.