Founding member the oneworld airline alliance, Qantas was established in November 1920 and commenced operations in March 1921. It began international services in May 1935. Qantas, or The Flying Kangaroo, is the third oldest airline after KLM and Avianca and is currently the largest airline by international destinations, international flights, and fleet size.
Headquartered in Mascot, Qantas’ primary hub is at Sydney Airport, Brisbane Airport, and Melbourne Airport. Its secondary hubs are at Adelaide Airport, Dubai International Airport, and Perth Airport; focus cities include Cairns International Airport, Darwin International Airport, and Los Angeles International Airport.
Qantas’ subsidiaries include QantasLink, Jetstar Airways- a low-cost airline operating domestically as well as internationally between Australia and New Zealand, Jetconnect, Network Aviation, Qantas Freight, and Australian Air Express.
IATA code: QF
As of July 2016, Qantas operates with a fleet size of 118, excluding subsidiaries; this consists of a mix of Airbus and Boeings such as Airbus A330-200, A330-300, and A380-800 and Boeing 737-800, 747-400, and 747-400ER. It is anticipated that 8 Boeing 787-9s will replace the five Boeing 747-400 aircraft by late 2017.
The entire Qantas group has flight operations to 65 domestic destinations and 27 international destinations, while Qantas flies to 20 domestic destinations, and 21 international destinations across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Oceania such as Brisbane, Auckland, London, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Qantas has codeshare agreements with 17 other airlines, along with 8 other oneworld airline alliances; these include Airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Bangkok Airways, Jet Airways, Vietnam Airlines, and WestJet among other well-known airlines.
First Class suites are available exclusively on Airbus A380s and few Boeing 747-400s; enjoy the perks of priority boarding, immigration, and lounge access. The Business Class cabins are available on all Qantas aircraft. There is an additional International Business Class which is offered on selective routes and flights. The award-winning Premium Economy Class is again available only in Airbus A380 and all Boeing 747-400 aircraft offering you extra leg space, bigger seat, and a special menu. Lastly, the standard Economy Class is available on all passenger aircraft of Qantas.
Enjoy a selection of 300-1500 entertainment options of audio, video, and video games for all age groups! In-flight video programs include TV shows, movies, sports, Sky News, and lifestyle programs.
Qantas has partnered with PressReader allowing passengers a complimentary 12-hour download period of latest issues of newspapers and magazines with your Qantas mobile/tablet application. Or else, if you like, just grab the latest copy of the in-flight magazine, Qantas Spirit of Australia, for a good read.
In-flight communication allows one to use your electronic devices for receiving and sending texts, email, and telephone calls during certain phases of your flight. Qantas has redefined the art of in-flight meals, offering passengers the finest welcome drinks, snacks, and meals; five-star award-winning meals are served in the First Class suites, setting a new bench for fine dining in flights.
An in-flight Duty-Free, In Sky Shopping, is available for you to pick up amazing gift and travel items. Moreover, you can pre-book your items and have them delivered to you in-flight.
Checked-in baggage allowances differ for routes, but on most routes, Economy Class passengers are allowed anywhere between 30-50 kg, Premium Economy and Business Class are allowed between 40-60 kg, and First Class is allowed between 50- 70kg, depending on your frequent flyer status. No single piece of baggage should exceed 32 kg.
For carry-on baggage, Economy Class passengers are allowed 1 piece each of up to 7 kg and the rest of the passengers are allowed 2 pieces each, not exceeding 7 kg a piece.
For detailed information on size limitations and baggage on specific routes, kindly visit the airline website.
Frequent flyer program
Qantas offers one of the best frequent flyer loyalty programs in Australia. Qantas Frequent Flyer allows you to earn status credits when you fly with either Qantas or partner airlines. As and when you fly to earn status credits, you are eligible for an upgrade to Silver, Gold or Platinum. Status credits can be redeemed for upgrades, flight tickets, shopping from Qantas Store, hotel accommodation, and food!
Book Qantas flights online
Book your flight tickets online with Qantas as per your preferred time of flights. Just feed in your travel route and dates and scan for flights as per your budget and timing. You can always manage your booking, track weather and flight updates, and even check-in online or with the mobile app.
Call Centre: +971 2 6118662 / 00971 4 3166652
Contact number for its other offices in UAE can be found on their website.