Qantas Dislodges Delta For Longest Flight From USA
1st Oct 2014
Qantas made a milestone early last month when it seized from Delta Airlines the title of the longest non-stop flight departing from mainland USA when it inaugurated its Dallas/Fort Worth-Sydney service on Monday, September 27.
Delta's Atlanta-to-Johannesburg route used to be the longest flight originating from the USA for a long time.
Although Qantas had long been serving the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport route from Sydney using a B747 plane, its return flight had to stop in Brisbane for refueling due to the strong headwinds going in that direction.
On its flight on September 27, however, aside from claiming the longest flight title, it was also historic of sort as it was the first and the start of regular trans-Pacific flights between continental Australia and mainland USA using the super jumbo A380.
The super jumbo A380 jetliner allows the airline to fly non-stop in both directions, a distance of more than 7,450 nautical miles or approximately 8,580 statute miles between the two airports, according to a data provided by OAG.
The erstwhile Dallas/Fort Worth-Brisbane leg by Qantas used to be the fifth-longest flight departing from mainland USA. With the mammoth A380 servicing the Dallas/Fort Worth-Sydney route, Qantas has rewritten the book of annals in aviation history.
The Qantas A380 flight bound for Dallas takes about 14 hours and 50 minutes while the return flight takes about an hour and a half longer.
The previous longest flight originating from mainland USA was held by Delta Airlines for a long time on an Atlanta-Johannesburg route covering a distance of 7,330 nautical miles. It is now relegated to the second spot.
Completing the top five longest non-stop flights departing from the mainland USA are: 3) Los Angeles-Abu Dhabi by Etihad, 4) Los Angeles-Dubai International by Emirates, and 5) Los Angeles-Jeddah by Saudia.