Qantas To Place A380s On Sydney – Dallas Route, Retimes Melbourne – Dubai – London (Heathrow)

Australian carrier Qantas has announced changes to its Airbus A380 operations. The airline revealed it will fly its flagship Airbus A380s on its Sydney – Dallas/Fort Worth route in a bid to maximize aircraft utilization as part of its turnaround plan, while also retiming its Melbourne – Dubai – London (Heathrow) flight to free up a superjumbo.


A380s to Operate QF 007/008

From 29 September 2014, the carrier’s biggest jet replaces the venerable Boeing 747-400ER on the Sydney – Dallas/Fort Worth route, currently the world’s longest nonstop sector by distance.


The additional range of the A380 means Qantas will be able to eliminate the Brisbane stop on the return flight, giving passengers more flight time to enjoy the onboard product, including the Oneworld carrier’s First Class product. However, these gains come at the price of frequency, with the current daily service reduced to 6 times weekly.


The Qantas A380 is configured with 484 seats in 4 classes – 14 in First Class, 64 in Business Class, 35 in Premium Economy and 371 in Economy Class. The aircraft’s deployment comes as Qantas celebrates 60 years of flying to the USA, when it first arrived to the continent in 1954.


QF009/010 Changes

To provision an aircraft for the Dallas/Fort Worth flight, Qantas will adjust the schedule for its Melbourne – Dubai – London (Heathrow) service.


Flight QF 009 will depart Melbourne at 2255 hrs from 20 July 2014, landing in Dubai at 0705 hrs the next morning for a brief stopover before finally arriving in London at 1340 hrs. The return QF010 takes off from Heathrow at 1330 hrs, arriving at Dubai International Airport at 2325 hrs before heading onward to Melbourne, where it touches down at 2055 hrs the next day.


The revised timings will also benefit Australian travellers to Europe, opening up 17 cities for roundtrip connections in Dubai on Emirates, including Athens, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Nice, Paris, Prague, Rome, St. Petersburg, Venice and Vienna.


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