Qantas and its journey associated with the development history of Australia’s aviation

05:00:00 - March 31, 2022


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    In November 1920, World War One veterans Paul McGinness and Hudson Fysh, who served in the Australian Flying Corps, planned an air service connecting Australia to the world. The two founded Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Ltd (Q.A.N.T.A.S) in Winton, Queensland on November 16 with two aircrafts.

    In the early days, joy-ridings with acrobatics and allowing passengers to enjoy the view from above, along with charter services, were the mainstay of Qantas’ business.

    By November 1922, Qantas had begun its first scheduled mail and passenger flights from Charleville to Cloncurry. In 1924, S.M. Bruce was the first Australian Prime Minister to fly with the airline when the road from Winton to Longreach was affected by a storm. In 1926, Qantas Chief Engineer start a project to build the DH50 and Qantas became one of the few airlines to have built and operated its own aircraft.

    In addition, the airline also provides service to carry food in the local and air ambulance service.

    Qantas then grew rapidly and moved its headquarters to Brisbane in 1930. In the same year, the airline achieved its first million miles (about 1.6 million km) milestone.


    In 1935, Qantas made the first overseas flight from Brisbane to Singapore using a DH86 four-engine aircraft. A year later, the frequency of flights to Singapore had increased to 2 flights / week, and at the same time, the airline is also planning a route between the UK and Australia. In 1938, the airline launched the Empire aircraft connecting Sydney and Singapore with full cabin service and modern comfort.

    Since 1939, the outbreak of World War II interrupted many Qantas activities. The airline still operated air services within Australia and to Singapore before it was discontinued in 1942. Several Qantas aircraft and seaplanes were also involved in the evacuation of military personnel and civilians, as well as frontline supplies during the war.

    Since 1945, after the war, Qantas began to gradually resume and open many new domestic and international routes. In 1947, Qantas was nationalized after the Australian Government bought all of the company’s shares.

    Qantas also began to build its reputation in the international aviation industry for its excellence in aviation engineering and safety. It introduced the world’s first business-class cabin in 1979 and the slide raft in 1982, which now became standard on all major commercial aircraft.

    Qantas entered the jet age in the 1960s, helping it shorten flight times for passengers and expand its global network. Thanks to that, the airline has quickly become a global airline providing services to many key destinations in Europe, America, and Asia – Pacific.

    In 1998, Qantas was one of the airlines that co-founded the oneworld airline alliance. In 2004, Qantas founded Jetstar to compete in the low-cost market.

    By the end of 2021, Qantas is operating a fleet of 126 aircraft, connecting 75 domestic destinations and 36 other countries.

    In 2020, Qantas celebrated its 100th year. This is the second oldest airline in the world, after KLM of the Netherlands.

    Qantas CEO and Managing Director, Alan Joyce, said at the company’s celebration: “The story of Qantas is the story of modern Australia – past, present and future. It’s a remarkable and unlikely tale of how a humble air mail operation in outback Queensland became a national carrier flying over 50 million passengers a year.”

    Qantas and its journey associated with the development history of Australia’s aviation


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