- Qantas Airways Limited
Australian airline, the oldest in the English-speaking world, founded in 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Ltd.(later abbreviated as Qantas). By 2002 it had more than 140 destinations in over 30 countries.
* * *▪ Australian companyAustralian airline, the oldest in the English-speaking world, founded in 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Ltd. (from which the name Qantas was derived). Its first operations were taxi services and joy flights. By the late 20th century, however, its scheduled air routes extended throughout Australasia and farther termini of San Francisco and Vancouver; Tokyo; Harare, Zimb.; and London and other European cities. The airline's headquarters are in Sydney.Qantas' first regular service began in 1922, between Charleville and Cloncurry; in the following years other local routes were added. In 1934 Qantas and Britain's Imperial Airways (later BOAC) formed Qantas Empire Airways Limited to operate the Brisbane-Singapore leg of service from Australia to England. In 1947 the Australian Commonwealth government purchased Qantas and designated the company Australia's flag carrier. In the same year, Qantas began regular through service to London, on the “Kangaroo Route.” Within a decade it was flying to all the continents. The name Qantas Airways Limited was adopted in 1967. Qantas acquired Australian Airlines, Ltd., in 1992 and was privatized by the Australian government the following year.
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