some good and bad news today depending on which side of the coin you look from..
see the links here http://www.qantas.com.au/regions/dyn...011/jan11/5060 and a press release here http://money.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8196831
This announcement has a very long history to it.. DFW was a potential destination for Qantas for years to tie up with Americans hub which as many know is a very close oneworld partner.. it was thought that after Qantas decided not to buy 777's in the 1990s that this route wouldn't eventualize and even then maybe only when the 787 came- subsequent delays in the delivery of 787s as well as the new Continental Houston Auckland service starting with their 777s are two factors potentially influencing the decision for this new route.. but either way I think its an exciting venture..
The flying time on SYD-DFW- a direct flight will be around 16-17 hours (dependant on winds)- it will be when it starts in May the longest 747 passenger service globally at 8624 miles from Sydney.. the return flight is back via Brisbane to necessitate refuelling due to headwinds back across the pacific..
Unfortunately as a result- QF's pulled out of SFO services- which will come as a dissapointment to many (myself included).. United still does service the SYD-SFO route and a few other airlines would desperately like to get their hands on it too (SQ, VS, NZ etc but it wont happen lol)
At least now- Qantas will serve west coast US (LAX), East coast in JFK and a central North American destination in DFW..there are rumours SFO service will be restarted once Jetstar gets their 787s but no guarantees yet.. Also there is a possibility of Qantas starting up Chicago once they get their 787s too.
Interested in booking a flight? Come visit- the introductory fares are around $1000 aud return for economy and $2500 for premium economy (australian dollars however our currencies are almost dollar to dollar)..
Oh and for all those based in NYC- QF announced today that the 107/108 Service from LAX-JFK will become Daily as well.. unfortunately still with the A330 so you will have to come to LAX for Wunala!