Qantas Airlines

May 7, 2014

Qantas Airlines is the national flagship carrier, having been established over 90 years ago and has grown via acquisition and amalgamation of a number of smaller airlines.  In addition to its well known international presence (the unmistakable red kangaroo on the tail of its long-haul 747 and A-380 fleet in airports across the world), Qantas is also the dominant domestic carrier with over 50 per cent of seat capacity of the industry and operating about 5600 domestic flights weekly.  Qantas has been positioned as the premium full-service carrier in Australia for decades.

The airline flies predominantly Boeing 737 aircraft on domestic routes, configured with three rows of business class and typically about 25 rows of standard-pitch economy seating.  On some routes, Boeing 767 and Airbus A330 aircraft provide additional capacity (with larger business class cabins), and on the Sydney to Perth route Qantas operates Boeing 747 aircraft for the five hour flight., Many of its shorter regional routes are serviced via QantasLink branded flights using a variety of Boeing 717 and Bombardier Q-400 and Dash-8 aircraft.  QantasLink services over 50 regional destinations including Ayers Rock for access to Longitude 131, Hamilton Island for qualia Resort and Spa and Lord Howe Island for Capella Lodge.

For visitors to Australia booking Qantas international flights from the USA or Europe, the airline offers packaged domestic travel when pre-booked at the time of purchasing the international flights.  These offers are marketed on the Qantas website of the respective originating country and typically add from AU$70 to $140 per domestic flight segment to the price of the round trip.  They are located by searching for Walkabout Pass or Aussie AirPass.  Generally, these offers are not available once a visitor has arrived in Australia.

Qantas service standards are very good by international expectations, with complimentary meals, drinks and video entertainment onboard in all classes, no charges for a defined weight of checked baggage, and an impeccable safety record.  For more information, see www.qantas.com.


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