Travelers planning to jet-set to Australia or to the Middle East this year now have the chance to experience the best-in-class onboard amenities on the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380. This was a historic week at DFW International Airport for two airlines, Qantas Airways and Emirates Airlines. Both airlines celebrated their inaugural flights on the A380 aircraft at DFW Airport. Qantas Airways touched down at DFW Airport early afternoon on September 29 and Emirates Airlines landed early morning on October 1.
Both arrivals were greeted by DFW’s traditional welcome for all inaugural flights, called a “shower of affection”, a water cannon salute from the DFW Department of Public Safety fire trucks. More celebrations for these events were held inside Terminal D at the arrival gates.
With the larger aircraft, Qantas provides nonstop flights from DFW to Sydney six times per week. Emirates has enhanced its nonstop services from DFW to Dubai with this upgraded aircraft. With the increased seating capacity that now is available, more travelers can access other parts of The Middle East, Asia, India and Africa.
In preparation for the A380 services, DFW added on enhancements to Terminal D to allow three passenger boarding bridges to serve the aircraft - one connecting to the upper deck and the other two connecting to the main deck. Terminal apron and airfield improvements were not required. Terminal D opened in 2005 with A380 capabilities built into its design, resulting in relatively minor enhancements needed to accommodate the arrival of the aircraft.
DFW currently provides nonstop service to more than 200 destinations worldwide, with service already added this year to destinations such as Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Doha, and new service upcoming to Abu Dhabi in December. The arrival of the A380s is a true testament to the strength and growing travel market from DFW Airport. The A380 is an impressive double-deck airplane that provides more than 460 seats, with luxurious amenities such as comfortable seating and lounge areas for First Class and Business Class, spacious seating for Economy class, social areas, and enhanced in-flight entertainment options. Travelers will even notice a reduction in take-off noise and enjoy a quieter cabin experience while flying high above the clouds. DFW International Airport proudly welcomes the world’s largest passenger aircraft!