Qantas are changing the equipment they use between the cities of Sydney, Australia and Dallas Fort Worth, USA.
Currently, they operate the route with Boeing 747-400ER aircraft over the 8578 mile/ 13,804 kilometre run on a daily basis, with stops in Brisbane both ways.
The equipment swap will be to an Airbus A380, which will offer the full four class service aboard its planes (First, Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class), which will also introduce First class service between the two cites.
Qantas will be using a 484 seat A380 on this route configured with
- 14 First Seats
- 64 Business Seats
- 35 Premium Economy Seats
- 371 Economy Seats
The modified route will operate QF7/8 between Sydney-Dallas from 29 September 2014, operating 6 days a week (not operating Tuesday), with the Dallas-Sydney leg being operated non-stop.
For oneworld passengers, Dallas offers a convenient gateway for passengers on QF7 for connections across the United States, whilst QF8 will allow passengers to connect to the Qantas domestic and international network.
In addition, Qantas will just beat another Airbus A380 operator into Dallas Fort Worth – that being Emirates.
As a consequence, QF9/10 operating between London Heathrow-Dubai-Melbourne route will be re-timed too as Qantas seeks to make its international fleet work harder. In addition, Asia services may be adjusted to allow the equipment swap to be facilitated (and to release the required A380).
For those of you seeking seats or redemptions, there is a minor wrinkle as Qantas hasn’t updated its site or schedule yet for the Dallas A380 service. Tickets are due to go on sale for the revised route from 14th May 2014.