Established in 1920 with its maiden flight following soon after, Qantas Airways is both the flag carrier airline of Australia and one of the oldest airlines in the world. Qantas Airways was founded in Queensland with just a single aircraft, an Avro 504K, to speak of. Originally headquartered in Winton, the company later switched to Longreach, before settling in Brisbane in 1930.
Despite some local success, things only really took off for the airline that would become Qantas Airways when it formed a lucrative partnership with Imperial Airways, a British company that set the scene for British Airways. Combined efforts and resources saw the success of this new venture skyrocket, with regular services between Brisbane and Darwin commencing in 1934. The following year this new airline began launching international flights to far-flung destinations including Singapore. However, the advent of World War II would throw a spanner in the engine of this enterprising airline, with half the fleet destroyed by military forces and the remaining aircraft was turned over to the Australian government. Once the war was one however, Qantas Airways returned to grace the skies once more, this time firmly establishing itself as an international airline to watch out for.
In the decades that followed, savvy ventures and rebrands saw the airline become even more established in the industry, with the 1990s proving a particularly pivotal time for the company. Today, the airline flies to more than 80 different destinations across the globe with a fleet size that totals more than a hundred modern aircraft. With a host of successful subsidiaries and passenger numbers on the rise, Qantas Airways shows no signs of being grounded again anytime soon.
Operating a dynamic pricing policy, it's easy to judge how much your seat is likely to cost you on this airline. The sooner you book, the cheaper your overall ticket will be. If you're looking to pocket big savings, book seats on flights that depart early morning, or late at night to avoid peak demand. You've also a choice of ticket types when you book with Australia's flag carrier, with a renowned Business Class and First Class offering, not to mention a Premium Economy Class tier that offers travellers on a budget the chance to enjoy something close to business perks without having to fork out a small fortune.
Check-in: Save time when you get to the airport by printing off your boarding pass at home or downloading it to your smartphone. This way, you'll only need to hand over your baggage at the bag drop desk before passing through the boarding gates and security.
Baggage allowances differ depending on where you're headed, so check the terms and conditions depending on your destination.
First Class passengers receive a more generous baggage allowance than any other ticket tier, while Premium Economy and Business Class passengers receive similar allowances. Economy Class passengers receive the lowest allowances, both for checked and carry-on luggage.
More information on Qantas Airways's baggage rules are available.