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American Airlines will offer a new service to Brisbane later this year [Updated for schedule update]

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Updated 5 Feb 2024: Flight schedule now added

American Airlines has announced that it plans to operate a seasonal service between Dallas-Fort Worth and Brisbane from later this year signalling the arrival of a new longest non-stop route for the airline, and over the weekend, the airline added the flights to its schedule.

From 27 October 2024, American Airlines will offer a non-stop service between Dallas-Fort Worth and Brisbane giving American Airlines its second destination in Australia (it also operates a service between Los Angeles and Sydney).

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The airline tells us that it will operate the route with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner offering 51 Business Class seats and 32 Premium Economy Seats, and that seems like a new ‘premium heavy’ cabin configuration for American Airlines.

American’s standard setup on its 787-9s is a 3-cabin configuration featuring just 30 Business Class seats, 21 Premium Economy seats, and 234 Economy Class seats, so we suspect that the airline will be using a newly configured aircraft with the new Business Class seat that we know is due this year.

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American Airlines new 787-9 Business Class
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American Airlines new 787-9 Business Class.

I must confess that up until I few with Qatar Airways a couple of weeks ago, I was pretty excited to see what the new Business Class seat on the 787-9 would look like. Now, having flown in the Adient Ascent on Qatar Airways and knowing that the same seat is coming to American Airlines, I’m less excited. – I’m not a fan.

Still, the Ascent seat is still going to be a much better seat than the seats in the other two cabins on the Dreamliner so I shouldn’t complain 🙂

Over the weekend, American Airlines has loaded the flights into its reservations system so we now know what the timings look like:

AA7 DFW 22:35 – 06:30+ 2 days BNE
AA8 BNE 11:30 – 09:50 DFW

With a flying distance of just over 8,300 miles, we knew these flights weren’t going to be short, and it looks like American has set the estimated flight times at 15 hours and 55 minutes for DFW-BNE and 14 hours and 20 minutes for BNE-DFW.

As is usual for routes from Oz, flyers heading east will, effectively, experience a form of ‘time travel’ by landing on the same day that they departed … only earlier.

Bottom line

American Airlines will launch a new route between Dallas-Fort Worth and Brisbane on 27 October 2024 using a premium heavy version of its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. This service is planned to be seasonal, and according to the schedule loaded over the weekend, the longest flight is set to take almost 16 hours*.

*It probably won’t take this long because airlines pad their schedules so they can claim ‘on time arrivals’ even when they arrive considerably later than they should have done.

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