Australia's Qantas Airways will begin nonstop service from Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) with four flights a week starting on May...

Australia’s Qantas Airways will begin nonstop service from Sydney  to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) with four flights a week starting on May 16, 2011.

The Qantas direct flight from DFW to Sydney will include a stop in Brisbane, Australia, giving DFW passengers direct access to Australia and the South Pacific. Qantas Airways will operate the new service to Dallas/Fort Worth with Boeing 747-400s.

“We are truly excited to have this new Qantas service to Australia as part of DFW’s growing global network,” says Jeff Fegan, chief executive officer of DFW International Airport.  “This new service is a testament to the strength of the Dallas-Fort Worth business environment and the airport’s dedication to a world-class travel experience. We look forward to demonstrating our outstanding Texas hospitality to Qantas passengers from our internationally renowned Terminal D.”

“This new service is great news for both Australian and American travellers,” says  Alan Joyce, Qantas chief executive officer. “It will connect Qantas customers to one of the USA’s major hub airports, benefitting both business and leisure travellers. Flying to DFW is an important step for Qantas as we expand and improve our international services.”

Qantas Airways operates 20 Boeing 747-400s and six 747-400ERs, but these will gradually be replaced by Airbus A380s and Boeing 787-9s

As a member of the oneworld alliance, Qantas will offer codeshare benefits with passengers of American Airlines and other oneworld partners.

“We welcome the addition of services to Australia at DFW by our valued oneworld partner, Qantas,” says Gerard Arpey, American Airlines’ chairman and chief executive officer. “An expanded relationship and deeper commercial cooperation with the premier Australian carrier will benefit consumers, the employees, shareholders and financial supporters of both airlines and will greatly enhance the services offered to passengers by oneworld carriers.”

Qantas operates its main hub in Sydney. It serves 18 destinations in Australia and 21 international destinations worldwide, in addition to DFW.

“Clearly this is terrific news for all of North Texas,” says Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert. “Having a premier international carrier like Qantas offer service to Australia from DFW is a major boost to both tourism and commerce. We all look forward to the launch of these new flights.”

The Qantas service to Sydney and Brisbane will bring an estimated annual economic impact of $130 million to the North Texas region.

“News of flights between DFW and Australia is a great way to start 2011,” says Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief. “We believe the Qantas service will be a tremendous boon for the people of our region. It will be more efficient for passengers who want to visit Australia and for local companies that want to do business there.”

The additions of Sydney and Brisbane bring the total number of destinations served or announced from DFW to 188 cities, including 144 domestic and 44 international destinations.

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