Update: From December 8, 2015 through January 19, 2016, Qantas will operate daily flights from Dallas (DFW Airport) to Sydney on its Airbus A380 planes. Travelers planning to spend the holidays Downunder will benefit from the additional flight each week.
Qantas recently announced major changes for its flights from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) airport to Sydney, Australia. Good news for travelers flying to Sydney – not so great news for those who used the Dallas to Sydney flights to fly to Brisbane (the first stop in Australia on the current schedule).
Beginning on September 29,2014, Qantas will replace the Boeing 747 aircraft used on this route with the world’s largest aircraft, Airbus’s A380. The larger A380 has the fuel capacity to fly from Dallas to Sydney without stopping first in Brisbane to refuel.
Shorter travel time on flights from Dallas to Sydney
Consequently, the travel time to Sydney from DFW will be reduced – from 19 hours, 20 minutes including the fuel stop in Brisbane – to 16 hours, 50 minutes. The current flight schedule departs Dallas at 9:55 pm and is scheduled to arrive in Sydney at 8:15 am two days later. With the A380, the flight will depart Dallas at 9:15 pm and arrive in Sydney at 6:05 am.
Qantas’ B747 airplanes carry 58 passengers in Business Class, 36 in Premium Economy and 270 in coach class. The interiors of the aircraft used on the Dallas to Sydney flights were upgraded to align with A380 quality – including fully lie-flat seats in Business Class – in Spring 2012.
More passengers – more comfort, too
The soon-to-be employed A380 planes will accommodate 14 passengers in First Class, 64 in Business Class, 35 in Premium Economy and 371 in coach class. With the A380, the flight to Sydney will operate 6 days each week. If you plan to travel on a Tuesday, you’ll have to connect to your flight to Sydney in Los Angeles.
This short video shows the cabins in First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy and coach class on Qantas’ A380 planes:
Passengers heading for Brisbane in Australia’s Sunshine State, will no longer be able to depart on a non-stop flight from DFW. Instead they will have to catch the daily flight from LAX to Brisbane.
But if you’re departing from the Dallas area and your first stop in Australia is Sydney, you’ll definitely benefit from the shorter flight time and increased comfort with the new schedule.