Qantas to Take Throne for Longest Direct Flight Services
30th Oct 2012
Australia?s flag carrier Qantas is set to take over Singapore Airlines as they decide to have direct flights from Sydney to Dallas/Forth Worth.
This move was decided after SA announced their removal of their Singapore to New York and Los Angeles flights as a part of their ?sweeping overhaul?.
These two flights distancing an average 15,350km and 14,100km respectively are said to be unpopular with passengers and that this may be due to high return ticket rates and few business class seats available in their A340 planes.
Singapore Airlines plans to remove their five A340-500 carriers in 2013 thereby scrapping the mentioned flight schedules and focusing on other routes by buying additional jets such as 40 Airbus A350s which are bound to be delivered in two successions, by the years 2015 and 2017 as well as buying an additional five Airbus A380s.
Meanwhile, Qantas will be using their Boeing 747-400ER jets for their Sydney-Dallas/Forth Worth routes and sees the potential of using Boeing 747 Dreamliners for these services.
?We?ve already seen how good Dallas is with the 747. Imagine how good it will be with the 787 on that network,? says Qantas CEO Alan Joyce.
The latter airplane model is being considered due to its fuel efficiency that could be a great advantage with this 15 hours and 25 minute flight. This Australian carrier is also backed up by their partner American Airlines to shuttle their passengers to their destinations in the eastern part of the US.
While Qantas will be considered as having the longest direct flight based on distance (13,800km or 8,500 miles), it is surpassed by the 17-hour Atlanta and Johannesburg flight from Delta Airlines by 90 minutes if the world?s longest direct flight is measured not by distance but by travel time.