Qantas is the world’s second oldest airline. It was founded in the Queensland outback in 1920 and is Australia’s largest domestic and international airline. Qantas is recognised as one of the world’s leading long distance airlines, having pioneered services from Australia to North America and Europe.
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 the new Airbus A380s flying some 450 people half way around the world in a day.
But, it is a story of human endeavor, 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. The Qantas story is about the people who have created its exciting and productive history – its staff, its customers and the excellence of its business partners and key suppliers…
The future holds many challenges for Qantas – maintaining safe operations and world class product standards while building a viable and competitive position long term for the airline.
Qantas and Emirates Alliance
Two of the world’s leading airlines are forming a global partnership. Qantas and Emirates fly 14 times a day from Australia to Dubai, and provide ‘one-stop’ access to 65 destinations across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. They offer the largest shared A380 network, exceptional lounges here and abroad and award-winning service -a truly aligned travel experience.
Together, Qantas and Emirates offer one of the most comprehensive international networks in the world. Flying through Dubai on Qantas and Emirates’ 98 A380 and B777 flights per week from Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, you can then connect to more than 65 cities in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. This includes seven daily A380 services to London Heathrow, and daily A380 flights to Paris, Rome, Munich, Amsterdam, Manchester and Moscow – a total of over 800 flights per week.
The new partnership with Emirates will mean more flights and more choice for every Qantas Frequent Flyer. You can earn and use points when flying on the Emirates network. Which means you can use your Qantas points to buy an Emirates flight and vice versa. You’ll also earn Status credits on many Emirates flights, as long as you have a QF flight number on your ticket. Eligible members will be able to use Emirates Lounges across Australia, Europe, Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. However, you cannot use Qantas Frequent Flyer points to upgrade Emirates bookings and vice versa.
You can book flights with points right now using Points Plus Pay and Any Seat Award. You’ll also be able to book Classic Awards on Emirates flights across the globe.
Eligible Skywards Members and Qantas Frequent Flyers as well as travellers in premium cabins will have access to Emirates and Qantas Lounges.
This includes access to Emirates’ First Class and Business Class Lounges in Concourse A in Dubai Terminal 3 and Qantas’ award-winning First Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as Qantas and Emirates Lounges in Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Qantas flights through Dubai will use Emirates’ Concourse A in Terminal 3, purposefully designed for A380 aircraft and the first facility of its kind anywhere in the world.
A brand new, state-of-the-art facility, Concourse A includes expansive First and Business lounges that run the length of the Concourse, with direct boarding from the lounges to the Concourse’s 20 gates.
The Concourse also offers great duty free shopping opportunities, dining, a spa, and a floor dedicated to hotel accommodation.
Your overall baggage allowance will be the same on Qantas and Emirates (with the exception of sporting goods and infant allowances).
Baggage allowances for bookings made from 26 February 2013 will be aligned with Emirates’ ticketed checked baggage allowances for all flights between Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. This includes additional Frequent Flyer and Qantas Club allowances.
For more information regarding Qantas’ baggage allowance, please contact one of our Travel Specialists.
Chauffeur Drive Service
For First and Business travellers, your journey starts from the moment you leave your front door with our new complimentary Chauffeur Drive service.
Eligible customers can now add Chauffeur Drive to their existing bookings for selected Qantas international flights.
Frequent Flyer Program
Three membership tiers above the entry Bronze level – Silver, Gold and Platinum. Members can move up to the next level by accumulating the required Status credits (in addition to normal program points) which can be earned each time they fly on an eligible flight with Qantas, Jetstar, oneworld alliance airlines and Air Pacific (flights must include a minimum of four eligible flights with a Qantas, QantasLink or Jetstar flight number, each year). Each membership level offers particular privileges, including higher priority check-in, baggage allowances and, for Platinum and Gold members, complimentary Qantas Club membership. Eligible Frequent Flyer members also have access to oneworld lounges. The higher the membership status, the greater the privileges including additional points when flying on all Qantas, British Airways and American Airlines flights.
Booking Award Flights
Call 13 11 31 (Australia), 0800 101 500 (New Zealand) and +61 3 9658 5302 (outside Australia and New Zealand). An additional assisted award booking fee of 2,500 points per person applies to bookings made via the phones.
Qantas Airlines Travel Updates
Qantas is set to launch direct flights from Melbourne to Tokyo Haneda Airport, shaving an hour off the current Tokyo trip.
It’s been two years in the making but Qantas will finally be rolling out the new configuration of its A380 plane from the beginning of October.
Qantas Platinum members have been given extra flexibility with bringing guests into the airline’s First Lounges.
International premium passengers flying Qantas are now able to take heavier cabin bags on board their flights
Qantas announces that they will run three ultra long haul research flights.
Qantas will begin flying its refurbished Airbus A380 by the end of September.
The new Brisbane to San Francisco route will launch alongside the new Brisbane-Chicago route.
Qantas has announced non-stop flights to Chicago from Brisbane which will commence 3:30pm Monday April 20, 2020.
Qantas' Airbus A380 is earmarked once again for Sydney to Hong Kong.
Qantas is bringing back first class on the Sydney-Singapore route using its flagship A380. The reintroduction of the A380 means every flight on the route will have 14 ‘open suites’ on board.