Dallas-Sydney, World’s Longest Flight, to Upgrade to World’s Largest Aircraft

By Paul Riegler on 7 May 2014
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A Qantas Airbus A380

A Qantas Airbus A380

Qantas Airways announced that it will operate its non-stop Dallas/Fort Worth-Sydney flight with an Airbus A380 aircraft this fall.

The 8,580-mile (13,800-kilometer) voyage became the longest scheduled commercial flight in the world by distance, after Singapore Airlines discontinued non-stop service between Singapore and Newark and Singapore and Los Angeles late last year.  The two flights were 9,520 miles (15,300 kilometers) and 8,760 (14,100 kilometers) respectively.

Qantas Flight 7 leaves Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport at 1:20 p.m. local time and arrives at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport at 1:45 p.m., a 15-hour, 45-minute flight.  Qantas Flight 8 currently leaves DFW at 9:55 p.m. and arrives at 8:15 a.m. the next day after making a stop in Brisbane.

The use of the A380 will allow Qantas to operate Dallas-Sydney as a non-stop route due to the plane’s additional range over the Boeing 747-400 currently in use.

The A380 flight, which feeds the Texas hub of Qantas’ oneworld partner American Airlines for passengers with destinations in the eastern half of the United States, will operate daily except for Tuesday, and represents a 10% increase in available seating on the route.

Qantas is the flag carrier airline of Australia. The name comes from an acronym for “Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services.”

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