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Qantas Airlines, which is the third oldest airline in the world, is Australia’s National flag carrier. The airline was founded on 20 November 1920 and is a member of the Oneworld Alliance. While the airline is headquartered in Sydney, it offers international destinations including routes to South Africa. The current CEO of Qantas Airlines is Alan Joyce.
During World War II, half of the airline’s aircraft were destroyed after being taken over by the government to serve as war aircraft. The Australian government nationalised the airline in 1947 and awarded all domestic flights to Trans Australian Airlines, another nationally owned airline. During these years Qantas only operated its international routes.
Qantas moved into the jet age in 1959 and acquired its first Boeing 707-138. Between 1993 and 1997 after a merger with Australia Airlines (originally Trans Australian Airlines) the airline was privatised and gradually rebranded as Qantas. The new airlines’ market share fluctuated over the years as competitors fell and others entered the market. Qantas Airlines currently has an annual turnover of more than 16 million Australian dollars.
The 2017 Fleet
The airline has a fleet of 118 aircraft with a further 8 on order. On their fleet is:
- Airbus A330-200: 18
- Airbus A330-300: 10
- Airbus A380-800: 12
- Boeing 737-800: 67
- Boeing 747-400: 5
- Boeing 747-400ER: 6
Qantas Airlines offers 4 classes of travel: Economy Class, Premium Economy Class (available on all Boeing 747-400 and Airbus A380 only), Business Class and First Class (only on Airbus A380s and a few Boeing 747-700s).
For domestic flights, online check-in services are available from 24 hours to 30 minutes before departure time.
For international flights, online check-in is available from 24 hours to 2 hours before departure time. Passengers will need to enter their booking number and last name into the online check in system.
Key routes and international destinations
Qantas Airlines flies to 20 domestic and 21 international destinations across 14 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and USA. These flights include routes to and from Johannesburg in South Africa.
Economy: 2 pieces not more than 30kg.
Premium Economy: 2 pieces not more than 40kg.
Business Class: 2 pieces not more than 40kg.
First Class: 2 pieces not more than 50kg.
All passengers are allowed 2 small pieces of hand luggage not exceeding 7kg.
On Board Entertainment
Passengers have access to the latest movies, TV programs, news, entertainment and lifestyle programs as well as a CD library while on board any Qantas flight.
Rewards / Frequent Flyer Program
Qantas Frequent Flyer is a program that rewards passengers for flying with Qantas Airlines and its partners. Passengers can earn points for booking flights, car rental and hotels. Points can be used for shopping as well as for buying new tickets.
Partnerships and Codeshare Agreements
The airline has codeshare agreements in place with Air New Zealand, Air Niugini, Air Tahiti Nui, Air Vanuatu, Aircalin, Airnorth, Alaska Airlines, Alliance Airlines, American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Bangkok Airlines, British Airways, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Emirates, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia Airways, Jetstar Japan, Kenya Airways, LATAM Chile, Solomon Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and WestJet.
Contacting Qantas Airlines in SA
Passengers can contact Qantas Airlines in South Africa on:
Telephone: +27 021 427 3128
Email the airline via their email online: https://qantas.custhelp.com/app/ask/c/593,594
Qantas Airlines in the News
Qantas Airlines recently flew two sailplane gliders inside a Boeing 747-400 from Johannesburg, South Africa to Sydney, Australia. The gliders were needed for the FAI World Gliding Championship held in Benalla, Victoria. The Qantas Airlines team had to co-ordinate this particular transport project with careful attention to detail.
Qantas Airlines will fly the cast of the popular daytime soap opera, The Bold & Beautiful, to Australia to film a special anniversary episode. The trip is to take place between the 12th and 17th of February 2017. This particular soap opera is broadcast in more than 100 countries including South Africa, Canada, USA, Italy, France, Australia, Switzerland and Fiji.