Trans-Australia Airlines Museum

QANTAS The Australian Airline

Qantas logo 2012

QANTAS - The Australian Airline with an enviable history.

QANTAS - The Australian Airline with an enviable history.

QANTAS is an acronym for " Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services ", but Qantas Airways Limited is also known as "The Flying Kangaroo".

Qantas' origins were simple, starting in Winton, Queensland in 1920, with a single aircraft, an Avro 504K, purchased for £1425.

1st QF Aircraft

"The Qantas story is inextricably linked with the development of civil aviation in Australia. It begins with fragile biplanes carrying one or two passengers in open cockpits and progresses to advanced Boeing 747s and Airbus A380s flying some 400 plus people half way around the world in a day.

However, it is a story of human endeavour, not just machines. A few determined individuals overcame formidable obstacles to establish the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Ltd (QANTAS).

Supported by committed staff and loyal customers, the airline persevered through war and peace to serve the nation and build an enterprise.

Today, Qantas is widely regarded as the world's leading long distance airline and one of the strongest brands in Australia. Qantas continues to provide outstanding service to its customers and is at the forefront of the international civil aviation industry." from Qantas website History.

Qantas Story

Today the airline is based in Sydney and is now Australia's largest airline after merging with Australian Airlines in 1992. It is the world's third oldest continuously operating airline and the oldest in the English speaking world still under its original name (ref - Qantas).

QANTAS is aware of the need to preserve the history of Australian aviation as it has played a major part in aviation development in this country. It has supported the establishment of the QANTAS Heritage Collection in Terminal 3 in Sydney, (REF - Collection ) along with the QANTAS FOUNDERS MUSEUM in Longreach Queensland.

In addition it recognises the history of Australia's domestic aviation development with the housing and of the privately owned "Trans-Australia Airlines Aviation Heritage Museum", in Melbourne. (TAA)

This history is uniquely Australian and worth the time to research as it also provides an insight into Australia's need to use the aeroplane in ways other than transporting passengers for a fee, and the innovative methods perceived to make it happen.

Beginning as Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA), it flew its first passengers from Melbourne to Sydney in a Douglas DC3 in September 1946.

TAA took over the Qantas domestic services and the Flying Doctor network in 1949 enabling Qantas to concentrate on overseas services. TAA introduced the turboprop Vickers Viscount to trunk routes in 1954, the Boeing 727 in 1964, and gave the domestic market wide body airliners and Business Class when it introduced the Airbus A300 in 1981.

In August 1986, TAA became Australian Airlines. Qantas purchased Australian Airlines in 1992, and integrated its operations into Qantas.