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Australia Qantas

 

 

Qantas Airline in Australia

Qantas is undoubtedly one of Australia’s leading brands. It is the national carrier of the country. It takes its pride of not just being the biggest airline in Australia; Qantas is also the second oldest carrier that is still actively operating in the world. It follows the Netherlands’ KLM. In the English-speaking market, Qantas is logically the oldest.

The name Qantas is actually an acronym for the company’s original name, Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services. Around the world, the airline is also known as ‘The Flying Kangaroo,’ symbolizing the popular animal that is native to the continent. Global research consultancy company Skytrax said Qantas occupied the sixth spot at its best airline poll in 2009. In 2005 and 2006, the carrier occupied the second spot.

 

 

The company was established on November 16, 1920 in Winton, Queensland. The original Qantas entered into an agreement in 1934 with the United Kingdom’s Imperial Airways (now British Airways) to jointly form Qantas Empire Airways Limited.

 

Australia Qantas

Initial flights of the combined airlines were between Darwin and Brisbane. After the Second World War, the airline was nationalized. It brought Qantas to servicing flights outside British Empire, including Tokyo and Manila. That was the start of the company’s global reach. In 1993, Qantas was privatized. Former partner British Airways took a 25% stake in the firm. In 1995, the airline was publicly listed. In 1998, it co-founded One world alliance together with British Airways, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Canadian Airlines. The alliance further strengthened Qantas’ coverage and services around the world.To date, Qantas is an aviation powerhouse. It has expanded to own several fully owned subsidiaries like Jetconnect, Jetstar Airways, Qantas Freight, and QantasLink. It also owns stakes at offshore airlines like Fiji-based Air Pacific, Air New Zealand, Star Track Express, and Australian Air Express.

 

Qantas’ mainline has a fleet consisting of 136 aircrafts, as of March 2009. With its subsidiaries, the fleet balloons further to 237 aircrafts. The fleet comprises of some of the most sophisticated jets from Airbus and Boeing. The average fleet age of the carrier stands at about 8.8 years.

The company is still actively pursuing fleet expansion initiatives. In fact, it has orders for the latest jetliners from both Airbus and Boeing, though delays in aircraft completion are still occurring. The carrier regularly flies to up to 82 destinations across all six continents.

Headquarters are located at City of Botany Bay in Sydney, NSW. Its main offshore hubs are situated at Sydney Airport and Victoria’s Melbourne Airport. There are regular daily flights to airports in Brisbane, Perth, Los Angeles, Singapore Changi and London Heathrow. Domestic hubs are found in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane airports. However, Qantas also has strong presence in Cairns, Canberra, and Adelaide.
 

 

 

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