Qantas Debuts Melbourne-Dallas Route : Business Traveler USA

Starting Dec. 2, the four-times weekly service will be the first nonstop flights between the two cities

Australian flag carrier Qantas has announced new nonstop service between Melbourne and Dallas. Set to launch Dec. 2, the flights will operate four times weekly and will be the first scheduled nonstops between the two cities.

Tickets are on sale now for the new route, which operate aboard the carrier’s 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

The boost in Qantas’ international schedule comes as Australia continues to ease travel restrictions. The country opened its borders to fully vaccinated international travelers in February, and last week announced it was dropping pre-departure testing requirements for arrivals.

In response to the uptick in demand, Qantas has doubled the frequency of its Melbourne-Los Angeles route from four to eight flights per week. Beginning in December, the carrier says it will operate “some” of these flights with its A380 superjumbo.

Finally Qantas has announced the reopening of its Melbourne International Business Lounge, which had been shuttered since the onset of COVID-19. As previously reported, this move also means the carrier’s first class lounge, which had operated as a hybrid business/first lounge during the pandemic, will once again be reserved for first class customers.

According to Qantas, the connection to American Airlines’ DFW hub will enhance its partnership with the US carrier to offer “seamless connections between Australia and over 200 cities across the US, Canada, Mexico and South America” through Dallas Fort Worth.

“We are seeing really strong demand from Melburnians wanting to travel overseas for a holiday or business trip after two years at home, while inbound tourism is starting to pick up,” commented Qantas Group chief customer officer Stephanie Tully.

“Flights to the United States are particularly strong with Los Angeles bookings now exceeding pre-Covid levels,” Tully said. “As well as being a destination in its own right, Dallas Fort Worth is one of the biggest hub airports in the United States and is located less than a four-hour flight from every major US city.”

In addition, Tully said the new flights open up Australia to US travelers, allowing Melbourne to tap into inbound tourism markets from cities like New York, Chicago, Boston, Houston, Washington, DC, and Miami, while saving hours of travel time.

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