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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 October 2011.

Type of Aircraft Operating Ordered
Airbus A330-200 8 3
Airbus A330-300 10
Airbus A380-800 12 8
Boeing 737-400 15
Boeing 737-800 48 19
Boeing 747-400 20
Boeing 747-400ER 6
Boeing 767-300ER 24
Boeing 787-9 35
Total 143 65

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