QANTAS has announced a new Melbourne to Dallas Fort Worth route will launch for the first time later this year, as part of a greater commitment of frequencies to the rebounding United States market (TD breaking news).
Being introduced on 02 Dec, the new MEL/DFW service will operate return flights four times weekly using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, marking the first time any carrier has linked the two major cities directly.
Fares for the new route went on sale yesterday, with Economy seats leading in from $2,128pp.
The launch was accompanied by the announcement of Qantas doubling frequencies between Melbourne and Los Angeles, adding an extra four weekly return flight services to the route, which is already being serviced by four 787 weekly flights.
A portion of the LA flights will be operated by the carrier’s refurbished A380s from Dec, heralding the key milestone of Qantas’ superjumbo returning & the reintroduction of First class to Australia’s second largest city.
The increased total flights to the US every week will see Qantas bring around 105,000 American visitors a year to Melbourne, the Victorian Government enthused, creating more than 800 tourism and aviation jobs in the state.
In a further boost for Melbourne, Qantas’ Melbourne International Business Lounge has also welcomed its first visitors since the start of pandemic, with customers flying to Delhi over the weekend the first to utilise the relaunched facility.
MEANWHILE on the domestic front, Qantas has introduced four new routes to the market, with Adelaide-Newcastle, Brisbane-Wagga Wagga, Darwin-Townsville and Darwin-Cairns all launching this week.
The decision brings the number of new domestic routes added by the carrier since the beginning of the pandemic to more than 50, with the foursome of new services adding around 2,300 seats each week to the network.
More on Qantas on page four.