Australian air carrier Qantas announced new flights from DFW International Airport to Melbourne Saturday night, starting the route at the end of this year.
Qantas, which resumed flights from DFW Airport to Sydney in February after a 22-month hiatus, will start a new route to North Texas from Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, on Dec. 2, the airport said Saturday.
Tickets for the roughly 17-hour flight also went on sale Saturday (or Sunday in Australia), the airport said. It will do so on a Boeing 787 operating four times weekly.
“DFW Airport is pleased to welcome Qantas nonstop service to Melbourne,” said DFW Airport CEO Sean Donohue in a statement. “Both regions are experiencing rapid growth, and this addition will provide new opportunities for international business ties, tourism and economic development.”
Neither Qantas nor any other airline has ever flown regular service from DFW International Airport to Melbourne, the capital of the country’s state of Victoria. Qantas has been flying from DFW to Sydney since 2014 and before that flew to DFW from Brisbane, Australia, going back to 2011.
Qantas is a part of the Oneworld airline alliance led by American Airlines.
It’s one of several new international routes DFW has welcomed in recent months, with a flight between DFW and Helsinki, Finland, starting Sunday, the same day that Air France comes back to the airport after a two-year break during COVID-19.
Turkish Airlines started a DFW-Istanbul flight in September as well. DFW now has service slated for 71 international destinations.
Several countries have announced plans in recent weeks to lower COVID-19 restrictions and US air carriers are calling on the federal government to drop masking and international testing mandates, too.
American Airlines also announced plans in 2019 to fly to Auckland, New Zealand, but that flight was delayed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and plans to restart it have not been announced.