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Hubs and Fleet
Main Bases and Hubs – Sydney
Fleet – Airbus A330-200, Airbus A330-300, Airbus A380, Boeing 737-400, Boeing 737-800, Boeing 747-400, Boeing 767-300
Qantas (Qantas Airways Limited; /ˈkwɒntəs/ kwon-təs; ASX: QAN) 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, and the second oldest in the world. Founded in November 1920, it began flying international services in May 1935.
The airline is based in the Sydney suburb of Mascot with its main hub at Sydney Airport. Qantas has 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.
Qantas operates flightseeing charters to Antarctica on behalf of Croydon Travel. It first flew Antarctic flightseeing trips in 1977. They were suspended for a number of years due to the crash of Air New Zealand Flight 901 on Mount Erebus in 1979. Qantas restarted the flights in 1994. Although these flights do not touch down, they require specific polar operations and crew training due to factors like sector whiteout, which contributed to the 1979 Air New Zealand disaster.
In response to ongoing industrial unrest over failed negotiations involving three unions (the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA), the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) and the Transport Workers Union of Australia (TWU), the company grounded its entire domestic and international fleet from 5 pm AEDT on 29 October. Employees involved would be locked out from 8 p.m. AEDT on 31 October. It was reported that the grounding would have a daily financial impact of A$20 million. In the early hours of 31 October, Fair Work Australia ordered that all industrial action taken by Qantas and the involved trade unions be terminated immediately. The order was requested by the federal government amid fears that an extended period of grounding would do significant damage to the national economy, especially the tourism and mining sectors. It is estimated that the grounding affected 68,000 customers worldwide.
Hubs and Fleet
Main Bases and Hubs – Doha International
Fleet – Airbus A300, Airbus A319, Airbus A320, Airbus A321, Airbus A330-200, Airbus A330-300, Airbus A340-600, Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777-300, Boeing 787, Bombardier Challenger
Qatar Airways Company Q.C.S.C. (Arabic: القطرية, Al Qatariyah), operating as Qatar Airways, is the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar. Headquartered in the Qatar Airways Tower in Doha, the airline operates a hub-and-spoke network, linking over 100 international destinations across Africa, Central Asia, Europe, Far East, South Asia, Middle East, North America, South America and Oceania from its base in Doha, using a fleet of more than 100 aircraft.
The airline has more than 30,000 staff, with 17,000 people employed directly and a further 13,000 in its subsidiaries. On October 8, 2012, CEO Akbar Al Baker announced that Qatar Airways would join the Oneworld alliance. The carrier became a full member just one year later on October 30, 2013.
Qatar Airways was established on November 22, 1993. The airline started its operations on January 20, 1994, using a wet-leased Boeing 767-200ER from Kuwait Airways. It was originally owned privately by members of the royal family of Qatar. Then it was re-launched in 1997, under a new management team. Currently, the government of Qatar holds 50% stake in the airline with the rest held by private investors.
On March 24, 1997, Qatar Airways took possession of its first Airbus A300-600 aircraft on lease from AWAS in new Qatar Airways livery. On February 1, 1999, it took delivery of its first new Airbus A320 aircraft (A7-ABR) on lease from Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise (SALE).
In May 2002, the Government of Qatar withdrew from Gulf Air. At that time, fast-growing Qatar Airways had 21 aircraft.
On May 10, 2003, Qatar Airways took delivery of its first Airbus A330-200 aircraft (A7-ACA). On January 11, 2004, at the Dubai Airshow, Qatar Airways placed orders for Airbus A380s and A340-600s. Its first A340 was delivered on September 8, 2006.
On June 18, 2007, Qatar Airways became the launch customer for the Airbus A350 when it ordered 80 aircraft worth US$16 billion, at the Paris Air Show. On June 27, 2007, Qatar Airways made its first flight to the United States when it began service to New York.
On November 11, 2007, Qatar Airways ordered 60 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners and 32 Boeing 777s. On November 29, 2007, the airline’s first Boeing 777-300ER arrived at Doha.
On February 3, 2009, the airline took delivery of its first Boeing 777-200LR.
On June 15, 2009, at the Paris Air Show, Qatar Airways ordered 20 Airbus A320 and 4 Airbus A321 aircraft worth $1.9bn.
On October 12, 2009, the company completed the world’s first commercial passenger flight powered by a fuel made from natural gas, and on December 1, 2009, Qatar Airways’ first scheduled flight to Australia arrived in Melbourne.
On May 18, 2010, the airline put its first Boeing 777F (A7-BFA) into service, with a flight from Doha to Amsterdam. The aircraft had been delivered on May 14, 2010.
Qatar Airways is expanding. The airline has launched 22 new destinations since 2010, with nine more destinations announced: Ankara, Aleppo, Bangalore, Barcelona, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Hanoi, Montreal, Nice, Phuket, São Paulo, Shiraz, Kolkata, Medina, Oslo, Sofia, Stuttgart, Venice and Tokyo. Qatar Airways also expected to launch Baku, Tblisi, and Entebbe during 2011. These new routes will bring the number of destinations Qatar Airways serves from 85 to 110 worldwide.
In November 2011 at the Dubai Airshow, the airline announced an order of 55 Airbus planes: 50 A320neo and 5 A380, in addition to two Boeing 777 freighters.
In October 2012, Qatar Airways revealed its new route destination to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
On October 8, 2012, Qatar Airways announced its intention to join the Oneworld alliance.
On December 13, 2012, Qatar Airways began Boeing 787 Dreamliner service from Doha to London Heathrow.
In February 2013, Qatar Airways launched its European Customer Service, which is located in Wrocław, Poland.
On November 17, 2013, the first day of the Dubai Airshow, Qatar Airways announced its intention to purchase 50 Boeing 777-9X.