Qantas announces latest ultra-long-haul flight to US
The Australian airline, which is nicknamed “the flying kangaroo,” announced the new route will begin on December 2, 2022, and will be serviced by Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Customers continuing on to other cities in North America can connect with Qantas partner American Airlines, which has a major hub at DFW.
Though Qantas offers several long-haul flights to the United States, this is the first time in history that a commercial airline has organized a nonstop between Dallas and Melbourne.
Last week, Air New Zealand added a new route to the ultra-long-haul club, announcing plans to launch direct flights between Auckland and New York City – a first for the Kiwi airline.
Flights leaving JFK for Auckland will clock in at 17 hours and 35 minutes.
Currently, the longest passenger flight in the world runs between Singapore and JFK on Singapore Airlines. It covers 9,534 miles and spends about 18 hours in the air.
The MEL-DFW direct route clocks in around the 17-hour mark, which will add it to the list of the world’s longest flights. Tickets for the inaugural flight are on sale now.