Qantas launches direct flight from Australia to Dallas

(CNN) — As global travel continues to reopen in 2022, there will soon be another addition to the list of “world’s longest flights” – a direct route between Melbourne, Australia and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW ) operated by Qantas.

The Australian airline, nicknamed “the flying kangaroo”, announced that the new route will start on December 2, 2022 and will be served by Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Customers continuing to other North American cities can connect with Qantas partner American Airlines, which has a major hub at DFW.

While Qantas offers several long-haul flights to the United States, this is the first time in history that a commercial airline has organized a non-stop between Dallas and Melbourne.

This announcement highlights the news that Dallas, as CNN’s Richard Quest might tell you, is currently having what one might call “a moment.” And it’s also great news for Melbourne, which suffered six lockdowns over a nine-month period during the pandemic.

“No city in the world has had it harder during Covid than Melbourne, but no city is bouncing back so quickly,” Qantas Group Chief Customer Officer Stephanie Tully said in a press release.

She added: ‘We are seeing a very strong demand from Melburnians wanting to travel abroad for a holiday or a business trip after two years at home.

Australia began slowly reopening its borders to fully vaccinated international travelers in February.

The MEL-DFW direct route is around 5 p.m., which will add it to the list of longest flights in the world. Tickets for the inaugural flight are on sale now.

Air New Zealand last week added a new route to the ultra long-haul club, announcing plans to launch direct flights between Auckland and New York – a first for the Kiwi airline. Flights from JFK to Auckland will arrive at 5:35 p.m.

Currently, the world’s longest passenger flight connects Singapore to JFK on Singapore Airlines. It covers 9,534 miles and spends approximately 18 hours in the air.

The Australian national airline, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2020, has made no secret of its desire to push the limits of long-haul travel.

“Project Sunrise”, Qantas’ plan to operate non-stop flights between Sydney and London, has been derailed by the pandemic, but the airline still hopes to revive it.

During the pandemic, Qantas, like many airlines around the world, has gotten creative in order to stay afloat and keep staff employed.

Qantas’ ‘flights to nowhere’ – which have flown over major attractions like Uluru or during events like the supermoon – have given Australians a chance to travel within the country in new ways.