Affordable Travel Guide to Qantas Airlines

Australia’s Largest Airline is a Globally Recognized Brand

Qantas Airlines

It might be the big red kangaroo that is the most recognizable element of the Qantas brand, or maybe it’s the airline without a “U” after its “Q”, but Qantas has grown from a small outback air carrier in 1920 to one of the world’s most loved and safest airlines. Originally called Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services (which explains the missing “U”), Qantas is the flag-carrying airline of Australia, with regional, domestic and international flights.

Thanks to the increase in air travel over the last few decades, flights that used to cost several thousand dollars are half that or less, and most flights to Australia are made on Qantas. Experiencing a Qantas flight enables travelers to begin their Australian odyssey by meeting locals as their cabin crew en route. The airline employees 33,000 people, most of those based in Australia.

But Australia is not the only place that this international airline services; a fairly recent partnership with Emirates airlines ensures 14 daily flights into the Middle East (largely Dubai), helping create a one-stop entryway to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Qantas is a member of the One World flying alliance, and also offers its own direct frequent flyer program.

JetStar is the cheap flights partner to Qantas, with lower fares and significantly fewer routes, most of those in the Pacific region; flights are between Australia and New Zealand, together with 15 other nations in the Asia-Pacific area. There has been on-going discussion about how the reputation of a low-fare adjunct damages the untarnished image of Qantas, but it is not marketed as the international brand that is Qantas, and suits specific types of travelers who want cheap airfares without all the bells and whistles. To each his own!

Among the many airports and major cities services by Qantas, are:

  • London, U.K.
  • Los Angeles and New York City, U.S.A.
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • shanghai, China
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Paris, France
  • Rome, Italy
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore

A typical one-way airfare between Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, using Qantas and/or JetStar, is $85 AUD (net of taxes). This is quite reasonable and helps to facilitate travel around Australia with its widely dispersed population. Booking 7 days or more in advance will generally get you the best airfares on Qantas.

Most of the Qantas international fleet of aircraft is comprised of Airbus 380 and 320 planes, as well as Boeing 878 Dreamliners; turbo-prop airplanes are used in regional flights. Besides scheduled flights, Qantas offers events and holiday packages, and supports sports and the arts through The Qantas Foundation.

In asserting the Qantas brand, the tail wing kangaroo and the new cabin-crew uniforms, resplendent with a dramatic red angled single lapel (yes, with the “roo” embroidered on them) is one of the most easily identified logos in the world. But a logo and brand identity does not a great reputation make, and Qantas leads the pack of popular global airlines due to excellent service, top-notch safety and security, and reliable long-distance flights.

For more information on Qantas, visit their website at www.qantas.com or rent a DVD of Rainman, and get the statistical data on their enviable safety record!

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