Qantas to fly non-stop between Melbourne and Dallas Fort Worth

The Flying Kangaroo doubles up to the Texas hub of Oneworld partner American Airlines.

By Matt Lennon, March 27 2022
Qantas to fly non-stop between Melbourne and Dallas Fort Worth

Grab your cowboy hat and boots: Qantas will begin direct flights between Melbourne and Dallas/Forth Worth in December 2022, alongside its popular Sydney-DFW service.

The new route will be one of the airline's longest, clocking in at almost 14,500km and over 17 hours for the DFW-Melbourne leg – ensuring the lie-flat business class beds of the red-tailed Boeing 787-9 are the place to be.

Melbourne-DFW flights will begin on December 2 and run four days a week; December will also see the return of the Qantas Airbus A380 between Melbourne and Los Angeles.

Qantas resumed its direct service between Sydney and Dallas Fort Worth on 16 February, which was the Red Roo’s longest flight before being usurped by the Perth-London Boeing 787.

“We know large numbers of customers have been travelling between Melbourne and Dallas Fort Worth via our existing Sydney service, which gives us great confidence about how this route will perform when flights start,” noted Qantas Group Chief Customer Officer Stephanie Tully.

“As well as being a destination in its own right, Dallas Fort Worth is one of the biggest hub airports in the United States and is located less than a four-hour flight from every major US city.”

Dallas Fort Worth is the home base for Qantas’ Oneworld partner American Airline, and a brilliant halfway point across America if you’re travelling on to other southern destinations, headed up to Chicago or New York, or bound for Florida, where Miami is the starting point for many cruises, as well as to Mexico.

(Depending on your final destination it also makes your next flight a fair bit shorter, compared to if you had transited in Los Angeles and were instead facing nearly another five hours or so in the air to reach the east coast.)

Qantas’ three-class Boeing 787 offers 42 business class lie-flat berths at the pointy end, 28 reclining premium economy seats and 166 economy perches for the trip to the Lone Star state.

Like all of Qantas’ international aircraft the Boeing 787 doesn’t have inflight WiFi so you’ll need to settle in with a brilliant book or have a few seasons of your favourite TV shows ready to go for the trip.

Qantas launched the Sydney-Dallas Fort Worth route in 2011 with its Boeing 747 workhorse before stepping up to the Airbus A380 in 2014.

And while the Boeing 787 lacks a first class cabin, it has superior seats to those older aircraft, while the lower cabin pressure, increased humidity and oxygen saturation means you’ll emerge in Dallas feeling fresher and ready for an authentic Texan rodeo.

Qantas is gradually rebuilding its US route network, having resumed flights between Sydney to Los Angeles in November last year and ratcheting these up to the A380 in January.

Airline CEO Alan Joyce has grand plans for Qantas in the US, telling Executive Traveller late last year he still has his sights firmly set on Chicago and possibly Seattle, home to fellow Oneworld member Alaska Airlines.

“We think Brisbane-Chicago is still a huge opportunity,” Joyce said at the time. “We’ve always said we would consider destinations like Seattle, as well as reinstating Dallas, so our potential there is huge.

“But there is a little bit of movement over the next year or so before we get back to business as normal, and those routes are all generated by business traffic, so we hope to establish them as business traffic comes back.”

Additional reporting by David Flynn

01 Jul 2021

Total posts 25

Sydney to Seattle would be a great route in the future 

12 Dec 2012

Total posts 1037

Does Seatac still have that painful international set up which requires arriving international pax to clear CBP, drop checked bags back through TSA, clear TSA then transit the main terminal airside and recollect bags? (International arrivals at Seattle are in a satellite terminal which, unless they've since fixed it, has no direct access to landside.)

10 Dec 2019

Total posts 11

All US airports will make you recollect your bags in case CBP want to inspect your bags. It's the same in Australia. 

12 Dec 2012

Total posts 1037

That wasn't the point of the comment. It looks like you entirely ignored what was said.

Seatac has international flights arrive at the South Satellite. This building has no ground access. After clearing CBP, and all that entails, passengers have to drop their bags for TSA screening, regardless of if they are connecting to another flight or leaving the airport. People leaving the airport then have to take the airtrain to the main terminal, exit the secure area and recollect their bags.

IE, people arriving on an international flight at SEA, who are NOT connecting, have to clear TSA after entering the US and collect their bags TWICE, just to leave the airport. Unless this has recently been fixed, any international arrival into Seattle is a pain.

cmj
cmj

Alaska Airlines - Mileage Plan

23 Sep 2021

Total posts 2

A new International arrivals facility is opening up at SEA. Work is complete, some flow tests have been done and a few flights have started to use the facility.  I participated in the flow tests a few weeks ago.  There will be no need to recheck if your final destination is SEA.  I actually kept my checked bag with me on the train in the old facility.  

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1438

Glad Dallas is back. My favourite path to the US east coast as well as the mid west.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 May 2018

Total posts 53

Did that in 2013 in a business around the world ticket... spent 5 hours getting thru immigration.. absolute shambles.

Never again

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

16 Oct 2017

Total posts 150

Maybe less busy at US immigration now. I'd choose DFW over LAX in a heartbeat.

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 333

I prefer IAD Washington Dulles. Easy international arrival and recheck, you can fly in First on ANA, have plenty of Star Alliance and Priority Pass lounges, smoking rooms  and its just a short  hop to La Guardia NYC and the nan easy domestic arrival with a cab to the Upper West Side  Done and dusted!  I schlepped through LAX  once on UA,  and once on Qantas - Qantas let the 747 fly on to NYC missing most of its passengers from Sydney Just appaling.

And now with the 5G  - if its Boeing, I'm not going  Most airlines have stopped their 787, 777 (and even Lufthansa just now on their 748i) flights to the USA.  Good luck Qantas 

10 Dec 2019

Total posts 11

What are you talking about? 

All passengers are required to leave the aircraft in LA and a 747 can't fly from Sydney to NY direct. 

QF

03 Jul 2015

Total posts 20

QF had to turn the 747 around at JFK within an hour or so, to bring PAX back for the night flight to Australia from LAX.  Surely they made arrangements for you with AA?

I agree that customs & immigration in LAX is a shambles, but prior to Cvid seemed to have improved with the self service machines, somewhat;  you still then had to see the usual gun totii' cowboy immigration guys anyway, before you get cleared.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Oct 2014

Total posts 684

I do SYD-DFW several times a year - and have done so ever since the route was launched. On average, Customs & Immigration takes 25-40 mins tops, from alighting the aircraft to being curbside. Try that at either LAX or SFO. Not gonna happen. Which is the reason why I (and a whole host of QF customers) avoid LAX & SFO like the plague.

The only time I have had a service interruption was on the third service QF ever operated ex SYD. On approach to DFW a vicious twister hit the metroplex and we ended up being diverted to Houston (IAH) to refuel. It was the B747-400ER and, in truth, I am one of a very few people to fly on a QF (undeclared) SYD-IAH nonstop. When we finally reached DFW around 5pm - which ended up being closed overnight, there was chaos at the QF counter. 3 contract Menzies staff trying to re-route 350+ passengers for the following day, while booking overnight accommodation for the majority of passengers. That took nearly 5 hours. And even then, Customs & Immigration took 90 mins or less.

The DFW flight also has many other advantages. If you don't sleep well on aircraft, flying into SFO or LAX virtually forces you to remain awake for an entire full day. The leisurely DFW afternoon arrival (used to be 13:00, but is retimed for late afternoon now) allows you time to get to your hotel, check-in, have a walk around, followed by a shower, dinner, maybe a drink or two - and then a full night's sleep, which adjusts you perfectly.

It will be of interest to see whether - as traffic ex SYD increases - whether QF opts for 2 x B787 services in DFW or reverts to the singular A380 service. I am hoping for the latter. A great service and a fun city.

10 Dec 2019

Total posts 11

Great review. I'm a QF Lifetime Gold FF with an American wife. Agree with everything you've said! LAX flights force you to be awake right as you want to sleep if you don't sleep well on aircraft. (I'm a former pilot, so spent decades trying to stay awake on aircraft!) 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 May 2016

Total posts 36

You are way out.  We have been using it at least three times a year and it is the best interchange east or west.  LAX is terrible, Florida horrendous - last time (2017)took three hours, and even though we had priority they wouldn't accept it.  The fact they transfer your luggage to the onward flight is fabulous.

05 Mar 2015

Total posts 379

I used to fly Qantas to both LAX and DFW. LAX basically for connections up to Seattle, which is why I'd be a real fan of a direct Sydney-Seattle flight. DFW mainly for connections to Chicago and New York plus some other smaller cities. I find DFW's less of a mess for connecting onto AA flights, although LAX has vastly improved over recent years. It really comes down to where I'm flying on to. Given the original A380 vs the Boeing 787 I would choose the 787 for its better business class, unless I could get a points upgrade to A380 First. The refurbished A380s will be more 'competitive' as they have the same business class as the 787s. In the end if LAX or DFW is not your final destination then the choice between them it's more about the onwards connecting flight.

JJ1
JJ1

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Sep 2015

Total posts 13

I too have flown Dallas on Qantas several times to connect mostly to the east coast and once to Mexico. I have found the immigration and customs process at Dallas to be much quicker and despite being usually a fair way down in economy, I have been through customs no longer than 50 minutes after arriving. In the case of Mexico my baggage was transferred without me having to collect it. I belive that Dallas is the only exception for Qantas flights arriving in the US that this is permitted. If possible I would chose Dallas over LA

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Jun 2017

Total posts 21

The 4pm arrival in Dallas is ok if this is your final destination but I find this a little late if heading beyond. I last used this service in 2016 and it was a 13:35 arrival back then making it easy to get to my final destination without an overnight stay. I had looked at this option a number of times since and always found it to be very expensive in J compared to other options. Air New Zealand (admittedly with some stops) to Houston was always a significantly cheaper option.

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1438

Agree,  4 pm arrival with a 2 hour connection and a 3+ joining flight leads to a late arrival where ever. I used to fly Manhatten Kansas and the new time would miss the last flight of around 5pm.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Nov 2013

Total posts 483

The American Flagship lounge is right up there with the Qantas First lounge in LAX. This is a great addition to the flight options to the US. 

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 333

I think the AA Flagship First lounge and Dining room are better tha nQantas, and at LAX Flagship First aint so hot.  Flagship First Lounge and Dining Room JFK much much nicer, bigger, and tarmac views.  what do you see out of LAX Flagship First Lounge/Dining room  a tiny view of tarmac and mainly walls.  And the showers are pretty bad.  Now LAX is good for the Star Alliance Gold and First lounges, but still not worth flying through LAX baggage collection a shambles, recheck, then walk outside or do that revolting post-security connector  to from TBIT 

21 Aug 2019

Total posts 66

Great. DFW is so  painless and easy to navigate. Once was into the hotel nearby within around 55 minutes of landing. Hope the A380 returns as its always nice to be on the big bird on that long trans Pacific cruise back home 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 May 2016

Total posts 36

Yippee!  What great news.  The only icing on the cake will be when they replace the Dreamliner with the A380.   We have been flying to Houston at least three times a year sine 2009 - firstly through LAX and then (2014?) DFW.  Chalk and cheese.  Customs are brilliant;  they then transfer your luggage to the domestic terminal;  the skytrain is marvelous; as Q Goold we use the excellent lounges to shower and refresh,   DFW is juts brilliant in all respects.  The return trip to Sydney is equally as seemless.   I already have a booking via LAX soon, so will be changing that this afternoon - thanks also to Qantas for allowing seemless changes.  Yippee.

10 Dec 2019

Total posts 11

Where did you shower at DFW? I found the QANTAS third party lounge a bit underdone and didn't know it had a shower? I use the American Express Centurion Lounge, which is great as it overlooks the QF departure gate (well, it did pre-COVID)

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 May 2016

Total posts 36

As mentioned, have now changed the LAX flight (free of charge) to QF7 through DFW.  (Re the following question from SCMarshall) - have always found showers in the AA lounge close to the domestic point of departure.  So looking forward to rip not having been Houston to see family since November, 2019

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

01 Mar 2013

Total posts 174

...and we all put in our two bob's worth re DFW vs LAX.

DFW to SYD I hold my sleeping record up the front with QF8 (380) at 11hrs - still stoked with that one.

I agree with QFP1 (a little too often), it all depends on connections. LAX has improved out of sight, but I do agree that Customs and clearing the actual airport is so much better in DFW. I, too, have to get to Houston 3 to 4 times a year and I used to enjoy the 1300hrs arrival and the drive down.

If you did want to head to Colorado or Utah for a ski then LAX is still the pick, in my experience. This said, a Texan welcome is hard to beat and if you can get to Pappasito's for the cheapest Margarita's in town then good for you.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Jan 2017

Total posts 4

Great to see this leg back and is a convenient connection to Atlanta. Only time I have been let down was the monorail broke down and we had to rely on non existent buses with ground staff clueless and rude, so missed a few connections.

I know the number of flights will increase - only bug bear is the late departure time - previously at 2pm meant I could get into ATL at 7pm. 

Still, excited to see flights opening up.

American Airlines - AAdvantage

15 Feb 2013

Total posts 43

Meanwhile some of us over here in San Francisco are still waiting.... and getting very used to United.

Good to hear that Brisbane to Chicago is still on the radar. Any such flight must leave Brisbane no later than 10-10.30 am to enable suitable forward connections and subsequent arrival at other destinations beyond Chicago at a sensible time.  I understand and open to correction, that the service into Vancouver BC has it arriving in at around 2.00 pm.   Okay if you are staying in Vancouver but useless if need to make a connecting flight across to eastern ports such as Toronto.

Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer

24 Aug 2018

Total posts 106

We have done this several times to connect with a son & wife in Memphis. Given the disruption to the aviation world the last two years, we are desperate to physically reconnect after more than 2 1/2 years , so DFW with a peach connection to Memphis here we come asap.

QF

04 Apr 2014

Total posts 205

So many comments here about LAX are based on what it used to be like.  Granted I’ve only ever travelled through DFW on domestic flights (for which the airside train is fantastic) but LAX is vastly improved over the last few years.  It’s not perfect but it’s not the hell hole it used to be.

QF

03 Jul 2015

Total posts 20

If coming back from LAX by flying into LAX via AA; AA will give you a boarding pass and seat allocation right through to final destination in Australia (or maybe first port of call?), and baggage will be tagged as well.  There is a connecting walkway from the AA terminal in LAX to International departures, only PITA is still the security lines which you still need to get through.  And the crowded "Tom Bradley" international terminal.

Sometimes the QF on board staff get confused with the AA boarding passes, that also can be an issue.

Only flown DFW-SYD once on the A380, I must wholeheartedly agree DFW is a much more pleasant experience.  But the long flight DFW-SYD was a real "are we there yet" experience.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Aug 2014

Total posts 8

My last two trips to LAX pre covid were 30 minutes from pulling up to gate to kerb. Process is much faster with machines and baggage much better. Customs can be a lottery if queue is long but moved quickly both times. Also much prefer the LAX departure with the QF First Lounge the best i have been in in the US.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

24 Jan 2018

Total posts 573

Flying MEL-DFW get's my attention, big time.  Kudos to Qantas. 


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