American Airlines will launch a new service between Brisbane and Dallas–Fort Worth on October 27, which will be the longest nonstop flight in the airline’s network.
“We’ve had an incredible response from travellers looking to venture to North America and beyond from Australia, so we’re excited to be further strengthening our Asia-Pacific footprint as we add sunny Queensland to our growing list of destinations,” said José Freig, Vice President International Operations.
“With our new route and our partnership with Qantas, we hope to open-up the world even more to customers.”
Gert-Jan de Graaff, CEO of Brisbane Airport, said the new service is a milestone moment.
“Its Dallas Fort Worth hub will provide travellers with a world of options in North, Central and South America,” he said.
“It underscores Brisbane’s allure as a global destination, and unlocks fresh tourism and business prospects for Queensland, with every jet providing export opportunities to the USA.”
Melissa Elf, Global FCM COO/Flight Centre Corporate MD for ANZ, said the new service is another step in bringing airline capacity back toward pre-pandemic levels.
“We are currently operating at 89 per cent of pre-2019 capacity between Australia and the US,” she said.
“We are anticipating this to reach 96 per cent by November with the welcome news of daily flights between Brisbane and Dallas.
“US carriers such as American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Airlines are all adding capacity, beyond their pre-2019 levels. They are recognising the demand we have for business and trade between our two countries.
“Demand for travel between the US and Australia is evident by FCM Travel’s data, which shows an uplift of more than 60 per cent in bookings in the second half of 2023, compared to the same period in 2022.”