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Qantas begins direct service between Melbourne and Dallas Fort Worth


Victorians heading to the Lone Star State no longer need to change planes on the way.

Qantas' new service to Dallas flies on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Direct flights between Melbourne and Dallas Fort Worth are now a reality, with Qantas taking to the skies on the route for the first time this past weekend.

The new service is the longest direct flight out of Melbourne and the first time the city has been connected with an American city not located on the U.S. west coast.

Departing three times each week, QF21 takes off at 2pm and touches down in Dallas at 12:45pm the same day.

Initially operating on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, the timetable will change in March 2023 to see the flights operate on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Flying on Qantas’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the service removes Sydney and Los Angeles as required stopovers for Victorians to reach Texas as well as adding up to 6,000 extra seats each month between Australia and the USA.

Qantas Domestic and International CEO, Andrew David, said the new route would significantly cut the journey time for Victorians eager to visit the Texan city.

“We’ve already seen a great response to these flights since they went on sale, not just from those wanting to visit Dallas, but for travellers wanting to take advantage of the excellent connections to popular destinations like Orlando, Miami and Boston,” David said.

“As one of the biggest hubs in the United States, Dallas/Fort Worth is located less than a four-hour flight from every major city, connecting travellers to over 200 destinations across North America with our airline partners.

“New routes also open up new opportunities to bring more visitors to Australia. Around 40% of bookings on this route are people coming from the US directly into Melbourne and this will have flow-on benefits for local businesses.”

Qantas’ Oneworld partner, American Airlines, will codeshare on the new direct service, which in turn allows travellers an easier connection onward to other American cities.

 


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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 5 December 2022

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