Australians officially have the longest and largest. Or to more precize: Qantas has it. The Australian airline on Monday 29 September used the worlds largest passenger aircraft – the Airbus A380 – to launch the longest passenger air route in the world, connecting Sydney and Dallas.
The Airbus A380 left Sydney for Dallas on Monday, on what is to be a 14 hours and 50 minutes flight. The return flight should be 15 hours and 30 minutes. The flight operates six times a week, says Qantas.
The new service comes in the 60th anniversary year of Qantas services between Australia and the US. In 1954, Qantas operated a Super Constellation from Sydney to San Francisco – its first trans-Pacific route to North America.
To celebrate the milestone, Qantas painted its A380 aircraft operating the route with a special livery; the kangaroo on the tail features a traditional Stetson hat with a neckerchief in the American-stars print, with a ‘G’Day Texas’ emblem next to the forward doors.