Flying for 15 hours nonstop fun or boring?
The world's biggest passenger plane has been placed on the world's longest airline route.
A Qantas Airbus A380 landed Monday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. It was about 15 hours after leaving Sydney, Australia. The plane's journey had been 8,578 miles.
The A380 is a double-deck, four-engine jet. It was greeted with a water-cannon salute. Then it taxied to a two-story gate. The gate was created just for the huge plane.
The flight carried a full load of 484 passengers.
DFW is a large airport. It has connecting flights throughout the U.S. and Latin America. That makes it ideal for the plane and the route. But the A380's size also limits its appeal. Smaller planes such as Boeing's 787 are cheaper to operate on many routes.
Qantas previously flew the Sydney-Dallas route with the Boeing 747. That jetliner required a stopover in Brisbane, Australia.
"The 747 served us really well. But it doesn't have the range of the A380," said Qantas Senior Executive Vice President Vanessa Hudson. She said the A380 provides 10 percent more capacity than the 747.
If you want to fly the new route, it won't be cheap. Hudson said tickets are roughly $1,900 in economy. Tickets are double that for the seats in premium economy. They cost $7,000 for business class and $12,000 to $13,000 for first class. In first class, the airline tosses in a set of pajamas and a sheepskin mattress.