Qantas Airways is the national airline of Australia. Originally established in 1920, it is a founding member of the oneworld alliance and operates an extensive domestic and regional network within Australia as well as international services to all major continents.
The Qantas Group maintains its headquarters and operational base in Sydney, Australia and is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX: QAN).
As part of a long-term strategy of diversification, the Qantas Group gradually expanded its portfolio through mergers & acquisitions, the launch of several start up LCCs and through the decentralisation and development of existing business units such as Qantas Frequent Flyer, Qantas Ground Services, Q Catering and Qantas Defence Services.
The Qantas Group portfolio of wholly-owned airlines includes:
- Qantas Airways (since 16-Nov-1920)
- Qantas Freight (since 2001)
- Jetconnect (since 11-Jun-2001)
- Eastern Australia Airlines and Sunstate Airlines, operating under the QantasLink brand (since 2002)
- Jetstar Airways (since May-2004)
- Network Aviation (since Feb-2011)
- Express Freighters Australia
The Qantas Group also hold minority interests in:
- Jetstar Asia (49%, since 2004)
- Jetstar Japan (33%, since 2012)
- Alliance Airlines (19.9%, since 2019)
In May-2022, Qantas Airways reached an agreement to fully acquire Alliance Aviation Services Limited, subject to a vote from Alliance shareholders and competition clearance.
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