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Qantas Bumps Delta for Longest Flight to Depart USA

In this Nov. 13, 2010 photo, a Qantas A380 is inspected on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/James Aron)
In this Nov. 13, 2010 photo, a Qantas A380 is inspected on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/James Aron)

 

(USA Today) – The title for the longest regularly scheduled airline departure from the United States changes hands Monday.

Qantas takes over the top spot today, with its Dallas/Fort Worth-to-Sydney route bumping Delta’s Atlanta-to-Johannesburg route to No. 2.

That comes after Qantas switched to the Airbus A380 superjumbo jet for its flights between Sydney and DFW. Previously, the carrier used Boeing 747s for its flights on the route. The switch to the A380 allows Qantas to fly nonstop both directions on the route.

Previously, Qantas’ 747-operated flights on the Australia-bound leg had to make a refueling stop in Brisbane because of the typically strong headwinds that direction. The A380 has the range to fly both directions with no stops on the route, which OAG puts at 7,452 nautical miles.

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