Qantas Airways Limited is the flag carrier of Australia. It is the third-oldest airline in the world, after KLM and Avianca. As of March 2014, the airline had a 65% share of the Australian domestic market and carried 14. 9% of all passengers travelling in and out of the country.
About Qantas in brief
Qantas Airways Limited is the flag carrier of Australia. It is the third-oldest airline in the world, after KLM and Avianca. The airline is based in the Sydney suburb of Mascot, adjacent to its main hub at Sydney Airport. Qantas also owns Jetstar, a low-cost airline that operates both international services from Australia and domestic services within Australia and New Zealand. As of March 2014, the airline had a 65% share of the Australian domestic market and carried 14. 9% of all passengers travelling in and out of the country. It was founded in November 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited. In 1934, QANTAS and Britain’s Imperial Airways formed a new company, Qant as Empire Airways Limited. The new airline commenced operations in December 1934, flying between Brisbane and Darwin. QEA flew internationally from May 1935, when the service from Darwin was extended to Singapore. In 1947, QEA was nationalised by the Australian government led by Labor Prime Minister Ben Chifley. In June 1959, the first Boeing 707-138 was delivered. On 14 September 1992 , Qantsa merged with nationally owned domestic airline Australian Airlines. In 2004, the group expanded into the Asian budget airline market with Jetstar Asia, headquartered in Japan. In December 2006, a failed bid from a consortium calling itself Airline Partners Australia also did not proceed to an agreement between British Airways in 2008 and Merger Airways. In 2011, industrial relations dispute between Qantsas and British Airways ended with no agreement between the two companies.
In 2012, Qanta launched Jetstar Japan, launched in December 2012, which launched in Japan, headquartered on the island of Honshu. In 2013, Qanteas launched the budget airline Jetstar Pacific, based on a similar model used for the Jetstar brand in Vietnam, in 2007, and in 2012, Jetstar launched in Vietnam. In March 2013, the Australian-lived international budget airline name Jetstar Airlines was briefly revived for a short time, but this subsidiary was shut down in favour of expanding internationally, including to New Zealand, New Zealand and Vietnam. The company is a founding member of the Oneworld alliance with American Airlines, British Airways, Canadian Airlines and Cathay Pacific, with other airlines joining subsequently. In April 2013, it was announced that the alliance was to be extended to include Air France, KLM, Air Canada and Virgin Atlantic. In January 2014, it announced that it would be expanding its alliance with Air France to include all of its domestic and international routes. In July 2014, Air France announced plans to launch a budget carrier in the Asia-Pacific region, based in Hong Kong, in addition to Vietnam and Japan, in 2015 and 2016. In August 2015, the company announced it would launch Jetstar in the Philippines. In September 2015, JetStar launched a budget budget airline in Japan and in 2016, the budget carrier will launch in Vietnam and in 2017, in South Korea and in South Africa.