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A red triangle containing a white silhouette of a kangaroo, with the word Qantas beneath the triangle
Founded 16 November 1920 (1920-11-16)
Winton, Queensland, Australia
Commenced operations March 1921 (1921-03)
Secondary hubs
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program QF Frequent Flyer
Alliance Oneworld
  • QantasLink
  • Jetstar Airways
  • Qantas Freight
  • Qantas Holidays
  • Express Ground Handling
  • Qantas Ground Services
  • Q Catering
  • Snap Fresh
Fleet size 130 (excl. subsidiaries)
Destinations 85
Company slogan Spirit of Australia
Headquarters Mascot, Sydney, Australia
Key people
  • Richard Goyder, AO (Chairman)
  • Alan Joyce, AC (CEO)
Revenue Increase A$16.1 billion (2017)
Operating income Decrease A$1.59 billion (2017)
Total assets Increase A$17.2 billion (2017)
Total equity Increase A$3.54 billion (2017)
Employees Decrease 26,150 (2017)

Qantas is the flag carrier airline of Australia, with its headquarters close to Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney. It is the second oldest continuously operating airline in the world. Qantas is commonly known as the "Flying Kangaroo" because of its logo, which is identified as a white kangaroo on a red right-angle triangle.


Qantas Boeing 747-400

Qantas began in Winton, Queensland on 16 November 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territorial Aerial Service Limited. It flew air mail services for the Australian government. In 1934, QANTAS Limited and Britain's Imperial Airways formed a new company, Qantas Empire Airways Limited. Qantas Empire Airways started services between Brisbane and Singapore using de Havilland DH-86 Commonwealth aeroplanes. In June 1959, Qantas' first jet airliner was delivered, which was a Boeing 707-138.


Qantas has 18 domestic destinations (destinations within Australia) and 23 international destinations in 15 countries.

Domestic Destinations

International Destinations


The table below shows how many different types of aircraft Qantas have operating and on order as of February 2015.

Type of Aircraft Operating Ordered
Airbus A330-200 16
Airbus A330-300 10
Airbus A380-800 12 8
Boeing 737-800 67
Boeing 747-400 7
Boeing 747-400ER 6
Total 118 8

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