Qantas (Qantas Airways Limited; is the flag carrier airline of Australia.The name was originally “QANTAS”, an acronym for “Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services”. Nicknamed “The Flying Kangaroo”, Qantas is Australia’s largest airline, the oldest continuously operated airline in the world and the second oldest in the world overall. The airline is based in the Qantas Centre in the suburb of Mascot in the City of Botany Bay in Sydney, with its main hub at Sydney Airport.
Qantas carries a 65% share of the Australian domestic market and carries 18.7% of all passengers travelling in and out of Australia. Qantas was founded in Winton, Queensland on 16 November 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited. The airline’s first aircraft was an Avro 504K. The airline flew internationally from May 1935, when it commenced service from Darwin, Northern Territory to Singapore. In June 1959 Qantas entered the jet age when the first Boeing 707–138 was delivered. Qantas flies to 20 domestic destinations and 21 international destinations in 14 countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania excluding the destinations served by its subsidiaries. In the entire Qantas group it serves 65 domestic and 27 international destinations. The Qantas frequent flyer programme is aimed at rewarding customer loyalty. Points are accrued based on distance flown, with bonuses that vary by travel class. Points can also be earned on other Oneworld airlines as well as through other non-airline partners.
Qantas is now the sponsor for the Formula One Australian Grand Prix.