Qantas to add more Dallas/Fort Worth flights

Sydney, 05 October 2011

Qantas will increase the frequency of its services between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) from four per week to daily by July 2012.

Capacity on the route will grow to six services per week on 15 January 2012 and to seven per week on 1 July 2012. A special sale fare of $1299 return (economy) will be available from today until 10 October, for travel between 15 January and 31 August 2012.

Qantas began flying to DFW in May 2011, giving Australians access to an unprecedented range of destinations across the United States and beyond via one of America’s leading hub airports. The route is served by a three-class Boeing 747-400ER – the aircraft type currently being reconfigured with Qantas’ A380-style cabins.

DFW is home to Qantas’ oneworld™ partner American Airlines, and the two carriers have received ACCC approval for a joint business agreement (JBA) that will deliver lower fares, better connections and other benefits for consumers flying between the United States and Australia/New Zealand.

Flights to DFW and the JBA with American Airlines are part of Qantas’ new international strategy based on serving key global airports and developing stronger relationships with airline partners.

Group Executive Qantas Airlines Commercial, Rob Gurney, said demand for flights to DFW had been extremely strong.

“We are delighted to be offering more frequent flights to Dallas/Fort Worth after the successful launch of the route,” Mr Gurney said.

“This announcement is all about putting our gateway strategy into action and building a stronger Qantas International for our customers.

“As the only direct service from Australia beyond the US west coast, it gives Australians access to the country’s fourth-largest metropolitan economy and to Texas’ unique tourism experiences.

“And as a perfectly located hub airport less than four hours from every major US city, DFW offers outstanding onward connections for business and leisure travellers.

“Earlier this year we expanded our codeshare arrangement with American Airlines to include 59 destinations out of DFW and our JBA with American will further strengthen our relationship.

“With this significant capacity increase, we look forward to providing even more opportunities for mutual trade and tourism between the US and Australia.”

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (5195a)