Qantas Airways will grow its DFW service incrementally, initially expanding to six flights a week from January 12 and with the airline planning to...

Qantas Airways plans to expand its service linking Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with Brisbane and Sydney in Australia to a daily flight by the summer of 2012.

The Australian carrier currently serves Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport four times a week and Qantas reports its demand for those flights has been extremely strong, according to the airport.

Qantas Airways will grow its DFW service incrementally, initially expanding to six flights a week from January 12 and with the airline planning to add a seventh weekly flight by July 12.

“We are very pleased with the great news that Qantas has increased its commitment to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and that our airport is proving to be a valuable partner for expansion,” says Jeff Fegan, CEO of DFW International Airport.  “Qantas is adding a significant amount of capacity here at DFW, showing that our airport is a world-class connection point convenient to virtually any major city on the globe.”

Qantas operates six extended-range Boeing 747-400ERs (the first of which it received on October 30, 2002) and 19 747-400s. The carrier's long-haul fleet also includes Airbus A330-200s, Airbus A330-300s, Airbus A380s and Boeing 767-300ERs. The 767-300ERs are due to be replaced by Boeing 787-9s

DFW says Qantas’ status as a oneworld alliance partner with American Airlines means passengers have a multitude of codeshare options available, as well as hundreds of connection options on either end of the route, making travel between North America and Australia more convenient.

“As the only direct service from Australia beyond the U.S. west coast, it gives Australians access to the country’s fourth-largest metropolitan economy and to Texas’ unique tourism experiences,” says Rob Gurney, group executive for Qantas Airways commercial. “And as a perfectly located hub airport less than four hours from every major U.S. city, DFW offers outstanding onward connections for business and leisure travelers.”

The Qantas flight will produce about $200 million in annual economic impact to the Dallas/Fort Worth area once the service becomes daily, according to DFW Airport estimates.

To promote the new daily service, Qantas is offering a fare sale through October 10, good for travel between January 15 and August 31, 2012.

Qantas launched service at DFW in May 2011, serving DFW from Sydney with a return flight to Brisbane and then on to Sydney. Qantas will continue to operate its DFW flights with specially configured Boeing 747-400ER extended-range aircraft, according to the airport.

Located halfway between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW International Airport is the world’s fourth busiest, offering nearly 1,750 flights per day and serving 57 million passengers a year. DFW provides non-stop service to 145 domestic and 48 international destinations worldwide.

DFW has ranked in the top five for customer service among large airports worldwide for five consecutive years, in surveys conducted by the Airports Council International.

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