On this day: Qantas was Founded


Qantas’ second office, photographed in mid-1921. Source

Australia’s national airline, Qantas, was founded on the 16th of November, 1920 in Winton, Queensland. It was called Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited.

The airline is the third oldest in the world, after the Dutch airline, KLM and Colombian airline, Avianca.

Arrival at Longreach of the Armstrong Whitworth FK8, with the first bag of air mail, on the inaugural flight of the first Qantas air service from Charleville to Cloncurry.22nd November 1922.

Arrival at Longreach in 1922

Qantas began flying internationally in 1935, with flights from Darwin to Singapore, with connections to Imperial Airways for passengers to continue on to London.

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