Qantas announced that they will fly non-stop Dallas Fort Worth – Melbourne starting December 2. The service will be four times weekly using a Boeing 787-9.
World’s Fourth Longest Flight
At 8,992 miles this will be the world’s fourth longest flight. It’s even longer than the New York – Auckland flight that Air New Zealand announced earlier in the week, and longer than Qantas’ non-stop flight to London. However when Qantas moves its London flight back to Perth from Darwin (a temporary move because of insane pandemic restrictions imposed by the state of Western Australia) this becomes the fifth longest flight since Perth – London Heathrow is 9,009 miles.
- New York JFK – Singapore: 9,537 miles (Singapore Airlines)
- Newark – Singapore: 9,534 miles (Singapore Airlines)
- Doha – Auckland: 9,032 miles (Qatar Airways)
- Dallas Fort Worth – Melbourn: 8,992 miles (Qantas, launching December)
- New York JFK – Auckland: 8,828 miles (Air New Zealand, launching September)
- Dubai – Auckland: 8,823 miles (Emirates)
- Los Angeles – Singapore: 8.770 miles (Singapore Airlines)
- San Francisco – Bangalore: 8,702 miles (Air India, United Airlines launching October)
- Darwin – London Heathrow: 8,620 miles (Qantas)
- Houston – Sydney: 8,596 miles (United Airlines)
A view of the Yarra River, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
DFW Airport Gave It Away Earlier In The Day
It’s odd to tease a major new route announcement on a Saturday morning, and then announce it Saturday evening (Sunday in Australia). But it seemed pretty clear what was going on just as soon as DFW airport tweeted out video of Degraves Street in Melbourne (known for cafes).
We’re getting a little bored of the same old, same old! Trying coffee somewhere brand new this morning. Any guesses where we are? Check back this evening for the answer! 👀 pic.twitter.com/GxwhvaXhf1
— DFW Airport (@DFWAirport) March 26, 2022
Once American Airlines gets its delayed Boeing 787s delivered, expect to see more seasonal Australia/New Zealand as well (Europe in the summer, South Pacific in the winter) as part of the American Airlines-Qantas joint venture.