Qantas Brings Nonstop Service From DFW to AUS

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    A Qantas 767 passenger jet, left, shows the new version of the airlines iconic flying kangaroo logo as another aircraft passes with the current logo, right, at Sydney Airport, in Australia, Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Australia's national airline unveiled it's new logo along with a new class for economy passengers traveling on long-haul flights in Sydney Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

    Australia's Qantas airlines is bringing nonstop travel from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Australia beginning in May.

    Starting out, the airline will have four flights per week out of DFW starting on May 16.  The flights will fly nonstop to Brisbane and then on to Sydney.  Flights back to DFW are nonstop out of Sydney.

    The service will be operated on the spacious Boeing 747-400, which is good since the flight is about 19 hours one way.

    The rest from a news release from DFW Airport:

    "We are truly excited to have this new Qantas service to Australia as part of DFW's growing global network," said Jeff Fegan, Chief Executive Officer of DFW International Airport. "This new service is a testament to the strength of the Dallas-Fort Worth business environment and the Airport's dedication to a world class travel experience. We look forward to demonstrating our outstanding Texas hospitality to Qantas passengers from our internationally renowned Terminal D."

    "This new service is great news for both Australian and American travellers," said Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce. "It will connect Qantas customers to one of the USA's major hub airports, benefitting both business and leisure travellers. Flying to DFW is an important step for Qantas as we expand and improve our international services."

    As a oneworld Alliance partner, Qantas will offer codeshare benefits with passengers of American Airlines and other oneworld partners.

    "We welcome the addition of services to Australia at DFW by our valued oneworld partner, Qantas," said Gerard Arpey, American's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "An expanded relationship and deeper commercial cooperation with the premier Australian carrier will benefit consumers, the employees, shareholders and financial supporters of both airlines and will greatly enhance the services offered to passengers by oneworld carriers."

    Qantas operates its main hub in Sydney, and serves 18 destinations in Australia and 21 international destinations around the world in addition to DFW.

    "Clearly this is terrific news for all of North Texas," said Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert. "Having a premier international carrier like Qantas offer service to Australia from DFW is a major boost to both tourism and commerce. We all look forward to the launch of these new flights."

    The Qantas service to Sydney and Brisbane will bring an estimated annual economic impact of $130 million to the North Texas region.

    "News of flights between DFW and Australia is a great way to start 2011," said Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief. "We believe the Qantas service will be a tremendous boon for the people of our region. It will be more efficient for passengers who want to visit Australia and for local companies that want to do business there."

    The additions of Sydney and Brisbane bring the total number of destinations served or announced from DFW to 188 cities, including 144 domestic and 44 international destinations.