American Airlines is set to launch a new non-stop service between Brisbane and its hub at Dallas Fort Worth (DFW).
The seasonal service, to begin on 27 October, will operate daily using American’s fleet of 787-9 Dreamliners. This will be the first time American has flown between Brisbane and DFW, and will be the carrier’s second concurrent service into Australia alongside its Sydney–Los Angeles route.
“This new service, launching from American’s largest hub, will enable one-stop connections to BNE from more than 100 destinations across the United States that currently require at least two stops,” said American Airlines in a press release.
“When American’s seasonal service begins, it will be the longest nonstop flight in the airline’s network. For additional comfort, customers will be able to enhance their premium experience on American’s newly designed Boeing 787-9 aircraft featuring 51 Flagship Suite seats and 32 Premium Economy seats.”
American is a codeshare partner with Qantas, which operates its own non-stop flights from Brisbane to LAX, as well as from Sydney and Melbourne to DFW and LAX and Sydney to San Francisco, plus its long-haul direct service from Sydney to New York (JFK) via Auckland.
Currently, the only other American carrier to fly between Brisbane and the US is Virgin codeshare partner United, which operates a regular service to San Francisco and a seasonal service to LAX, though Air Canada flies non-stop from Brisbane to Vancouver.
Gert-Jan de Graaff, CEO of Brisbane Airport, said the new connection to DFW will give Brisbane travellers a “world of options in North, Central and South America”.
“American Airlines’ entry into the market is a milestone moment, locking in Brisbane Airport’s 30th direct international connection, our 25th international airline, and Brisbane’s longest route,” 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.
“Our partnership with American Airlines supercharges Brisbane Airport’s position as an aviation hub and will be Brisbane’s fourth gateway into North America, alongside Vancouver, San Francisco and Los Angeles.”
Queensland Tourism Minister Michael Healy said the service will also open up cargo capacity between Brisbane and DFW.
“The extra freight capacity is great news for Queensland exports, especially with fresh produce now able to be flown out of Brisbane instead of being trucked interstate to other airports,” he said.
“Securing American Airlines through our Government’s $200 million Attracting Aviation Investment Fund is an important step in rebuilding Queensland’s international visitor economy post the pandemic.”