THE Airbus A380 has initiated the world's longest airline
route last week, with Qantas and Airbus announcing the
inaugural flight completing a 13,804km non-stop journey
from Sydney to Dallas Fort Worth in Texas.
Celebrity and Qantas Ambassador John Travolta was in
Dallas to promote the new service.
"I’m thrilled to be part of this special and historic moment
for Qantas," said Mr Travolta.
"It’s exciting news for Americans that the world’s biggest
and one of the most luxurious passenger aircrafts is now
flying between Dallas Fort Worth and Sydney"
The non-stop roundtrips of the Qantas A380, have replaced
Qantas 747s on the service due to headwinds, which required
a stopover in Brisbane on the return flight.
It also replaces the Dubai to Los Angeles service by Emirates
as the world's longest passenger airline route, by 384
Qantas has configured the ultra-long haul route to include
seating for 14 First Class, 64 Business Class, 35 Premium
Economy and 371 Economy Class passengers.
"With the A380’s unmatched cabin comfort, Qantas now
offers all its passengers a best-in-class experience on this
ultra-long range route," said Thomas Burger, Product
Marketing Director for the A380 at Airbus. "This includes
its luxurious first class cabin, which was not offered on its
747s previously serving the route. Economy passengers also
enjoy seats with widths of more than 18 inches"
Qantas is currently the only airline to operate the A380
between Australia and the US, and Dallas Fort-Worth is
considered a key gateway for travellers, offering convenient
connections to and from US destinations.
Written by pilot, Luke Hague..