On April 17, 1935 Qantas operated Australia’s first international passenger flight from Brisbane to Singapore, carrying two paying customers on a DH86 aircraft.
80 years on and now Qantas passengers enjoy an international network that services every continent, spanning a network of more than 250 destinations in over 60 countries.
Qantas Group chief executive officer Alan Joyce, said Qantas had helped shape the global aviation industry, driving higher standards in safety, technology, product and service.
“Qantas has led many innovations that have seen air travel become safer, more comfortable and more efficient than ever before. We have seen journeys that used to take three and half days shrink to less than eight hours and aircraft go from carrying a handful of passengers to 300,” Mr Joyce said.
“Over the past eight decades, Qantas has invented business class travel, operated the first dual hemisphere round the world service and flown the longest non-stop commercial route with the world’s largest aircraft.”
Mr Joyce also said that Qantas International is strong, profitable and positioned for growth in the coming years.
“The airline is earning its highest customer satisfaction levels on record; achieving greater efficiency through smarter fleet utilisation; and strengthening its partnerships with airlines in key markets.”
“The global reputation for excellence that Qantas has today is a tribute to the hard work of tens of thousands of Qantas employees over eight decades, from pilots, cabin crew and ground handlers to engineers, sales people and corporate managers.”