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Qantas Airways (QF)

Qantas, one of Australia’s leading airlines and the world’s second oldest airline, services New Zealand, Asia, and Australia. It has a complete network of domestic flights covering the whole of Australia and as well as routes that connect the rest of the world to the Outback. Nicknamed the “Flying Kangaroo”, it services flights from London to Sydney and Melbourne.

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  • IATA code: QF
  • Number of serviced cities: 150
  • Main hub: Sydney Airport (SYD) and Melbourne Airport (MEL)
  • Alliance: OneWorld
  • Fleet: 136 aircraft
  • Loyalty rewards program: Qantas Frequent Flyer

History of Qantas

Qantas was founded in Winton on the 16th of November in 1920. It was inaugurated under the name Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited. Their first aircraft could fly at 105km/hr. It carried one pilot and two passengers. The airline began by offering airmail services financed by the Australian government. In 1934 Qantas Limited joined with British Imperial Airways and the following year flew internationally from Darwin to Singapore and then on to London.

After the company was nationalized following WWII, Qantas flew to Tokyo and Manila via Darwin. Two years later Johannesburg, Cocos Islands, and Mauritius were added to the network. In 1958 the airline was recognized as one of very few that fly around the world, from Australia, to London via Asia and the Middle East. When Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin in 1974, Qantas broke the world record for the most people ever embarked on a single aircraft as the airline evacuated 673 people on one single Boeing 747.

Qantas founded OneWorld along with 5 other airlines in 1998. Today Qantas is one of the most profitable airlines in the world and has been voted the third best airline in 2008 by the World Airline Awards.

Travel with Qantas: practical information

  • Onboard services

    • Meals: Hot meals are provided on all international flights. These include a glass of wine, ice cream for dessert, and more snacks for the duration of the flight.
    • Entertainment: Up to 100 movies are available on the in-flight entertainment system. As well there is music, audio books, games and more.
  • Baggage Allowances

    • Cabin: 1 piece weighing up to 7 kg and with maximum dimensions of 115 cm combined.
    • Checked: 1 piece weighing up to 23 kg for all international destinations. For infants, 1 piece that weights up to 10 kg is accepted.
    • Excess: There is a charge of A$50 for each kilo above the 23 kg limit (approx 28£).

Discounts and Special Offers

Qantas offers special airfares for children and infants although some restrictions apply. For all other flight specials and sales, check


Telephone: +44 208 600 4300

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