Qantas on Monday began using the Airbus A380 on its route between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth, and the flight is now a nonstop in both directions.

Qantas previously used a Boeing 747 on the route, and was required to stop in Brisbane before continuing on to Sydney.

The Australian airline said it is now using “the world’s largest passenger aircraft on the world’s longest route.”

“Not only will the A380 increase seats on the route by more than 10% each week, it will also provide us with greater fuel efficiency and the range to operate the return service direct back to Sydney,” said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce.

Qantas will operate the new A380 service six times per week (every day except Tuesdays). Flying time from Sydney to DFW is about 14 hours 50 minutes, and about 15 hours 30 minutes from DFW to Sydney.

The airline’s two-deck A380 has 484 seats (14 in first class, 64 in business, 35 in premium economy and 371 in economy).

DFW will welcome its second A380 service on Wednesday, when Emirates switches to the superjumbo jet on the Dubai-Dallas route, on which the airline currently uses a Boeing 777.


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