Qantas will begin flying its flagship Airbus A380 to Dallas/Fort Worth later this year, replacing the current Boeing 747-400ER aircraft used on the route.
From Monday 29 September, QF7/8 will go all-A380 to the hub of Oneworld partner American Airlines, while also bringing Qantas' First Class to Dallas for the first time.
The superjumbo's additional flying range compared to the Boeing 747 will also see the current Brisbane stopover on the home stretch between Dallas and Sydney axed, with the A380 flying non-stop on its return journey.
One wrinkle is that Qantas' daily flights to Dallas will be trimmed back to six days a week once the A380 takes over, with the new schedule dropping Tuesday departures from Sydney.
However, the A380 will step up to a daily serivce over the 2014-2015 summar holiday season, from December 9 2014 to January 20 2015.
Once in Dallas, Qantas passengers can connect onwards to more than 30 destinations across the United States, Canada and Mexico, with the Texas hub less than four hours from every major US city.
Qantas retains the title of the longest route by distance in QF7, with Sydney-Dallas a staggering 13,804km.
DFW airport is upgrading one terminal with three extra aerobridges to load passengers on the double-decker jet, while Qantas' partner Emirates is set to begin A380 flights between DFW and Dubai from October 1.
The London shuffle
Qantas' existing flights between Melbourne, Dubai and London will be retimed to make room for these extra A380 services.
Starting July 20 2014, QF9 will leave Melbourne at 10:55pm, stopping over in Dubai at 7:05am before landing in London at 1:40pm the next day.
On the return journey, QF10 is wheels-up from London at 1:30pm, landing in Dubai at 11:25pm. From there, it's touchdown in Melbourne at 8:55pm, one calendar day after take-off in London.
“This schedule change unlocks more A380 flying time that we can use on the Dallas route, and now offers four times the number of onward connections to Europe because of the new arrival time of the Melbourne flight into Dubai" said Qantas CEO Alan Joyce.
Qantas says the current mix of Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 flights from Sydney to Hong Kong will also face "adjustments", although the airline hasn't yet revealed whether the A380 will disappear from Asia entirely.
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