QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has announced that its Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Sydney service will be served with the Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft starting on September 29. The upgrade to the Airbus A380 will mean that the longest scheduled commercial flight in the world will now be served by the largest passenger jet in the world.
Given the additional range of the A380, the QANTAS DFW to Australia service will now operate nonstop to Sydney rather than via Brisbane. The new A380 service will operate six flights per week between Dallas/Fort Worth and Sydney (every day except Tuesdays), representing a net increase of seats on the route by 10 percent per week.
The announcement means DFW will host Airbus A380 flights from two carriers, the other being Emirates Airline, starting in the fall. Those aircraft will utilize two gates, D15 and D16, and will be served utilizing three passenger jet bridges.
DFW Airport is currently finalizing preparations for the arrival of the A380 with the construction of a second level jet bridge in Terminal D and modifications to the airfield, ramps and taxiways. Terminal D opened in 2005 with A380 capabilities already built into its design, so the final additions to make DFW ready for the A380 are relatively minor.
DFW offers nonstop service to 56 international destinations and 147 cities in the U.S. with every major city in the U.S., Canada and Mexico within a four-hour flight. For Qantas customers, DFW provides the best routing to more than 100 destinations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-842 VH-OQA (msn 014) taxies at Sydney.