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Qantas Airlines, a highly-respected Oneworld Alliance member, is not just Australia's most popular airline, but also the country's national flag carrier. As one of the world's top long-distance carriers, Qantas is known for its outstanding customer service, operational excellence, and commendable safety and maintenance.

Qantas was founded in Queensland in 1920, making it the 3rd oldest airline, after KLM and Avianca. While the airline began operating domestic routes in the 1920s, it was in 1935 that it added international flights to its service offerings. Today, the airline flies to over 85 global destinations.

The main hub of Qantas Airlines is found in the suburb of Mascot at the Kingsford Smith International Airport in Sydney, with an additional central hub in Melbourne. Secondary hubs can be found in Perth and Brisbane.

Regular passengers of the airline are rewarded with the Qantas Frequent Flyer loyalty program.

Most popular Qantas flights Prices

Qantas flights from Johannesburg to Sydney R14520.00
Qantas flights from Johannesburg to Melbourne R14870.00
Qantas flights from Johannesburg to Christchurch R15210.00
Qantas flights from Johannesburg to Wellington R15240.00
Qantas flights from Johannesburg to Brisbane R14950.00
Qantas flights from Johannesburg to Auckland R15250.00

Why choose Qantas Airlines?


As an iconic local airline to Australians and one of the most recognised airlines in the world, Qantas Airlines offers an extensive network of domestic and international flights. Loyalty is recognised with Qantas and the airlines’ vast range of code-share agreements with partner airlines means that there is no limit to where you want to fly.

In addition to local flights across Australia, the airline currently flies to 27 international destinations as well as 14 countries that span across Europe, Oceania, Asia, USA, and Africa. This does not take into account all of the additional destinations that the group reaches with its various subsidiaries.

Destinations currently serviced by Qantas Airlines is as follows:

Australia Singapore
Canada (Seasonal) South Africa
Chile Thailand
China United Kingdom
Fiji United States
Hong Kong New Zealand
Japan Papua New Guinea
New Caledonia, France Phillipines


Qantas has received endless awards over the years, here are just a few of the more recent:

  • Skytrax voted Qantas 3rd Best Airline in the World in 2020 and dominated the regional awards with Best Airline, First and Business Class for Australia Pacific.
  • awarded Qantas Best Catering, Best Domestic Service, Best Lounges, and an overall 2nd position in the Best Airlines Awards in 2017.
  • For 3 consecutive years, Airline Ratings named Qantas the World's Safest Airline.
  • Qantas was voted Australia's Favourite Domestic and International carrier in the 2015 TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Awards.
  • The airline won Best Premium Economy Class Airline in the Middle East Business Traveler Awards in 2015.
  • Luxury Travel Magazine's Gold List Awards named Qantas the Best Business Class Airline in 2015.
  • Qantas was one of several inaugural inductees into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame.
  • Qantas was named Australasia's Leading Airline in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Travel Convenience

Passengers making use of the Qantas Airlines booking system can also fulfil their trip bookings in terms of car hire, airport transfers, and hotel/accommodation bookings. The airline has close associations with the likes of Avis, Thrifty, Budget, and Hertz, in more than 600 locations across the world. Frequent flyer members can use Qantas Points to make bookings with Budget and Avis in both Australia and New Zealand.

Qantas passengers also have access to hassle-free duty free shopping at the airport, where items bought can be delivered directly to the passenger's seat on-board.

The superior on-board entertainment offered by Qantas is always appreciated by travellers who are treated to trending movies, news, current affairs, music and more.

The Qantas Spirit of Australia is the official in-flight magazine, which provides interesting local and international stories, helpful travel information and advice, and valuable insights into the best restaurants, sights, and travel tours to try. This magazine has a lot to offer the modern traveller. In 2016, the magazine was highly commended as Custom Magazine of the Year at the Publish Awards, along with Best App on a Mobile of Tablet Device. The commercial sales team of the magazine also won Sales Team of the Year at the very same event.

The Qantas Airlines Fleet

The Qantas Airline fleet consists of 130 aircraft with 6 new Boeing 787-9 on order (as of September 2019).

18 X Airbus A330-200
10 X Airbus A330-300
12 X Airbus A380-800
17 X Boeing 737-800
1 X Boeing 747-400
6 X Boeing 747-400ER
8 X Boeing 787-9

Qantas Airlines Travel Classes

Passengers have 5 cabin classes and fares to choose from:

  • Economy Class - streamlined check-in process, set menu, in-flight entertainment system with moves, series, documentaries and music. Also included is an amenity kit with eye mask, ear phones, socks and a dental kit.
  • Premium Economy Class - dedicated check-in counters, more space, dedicated cabin crew, extra leg room, wider seats, noise cancelling headphones and an amenity kit with eye mask, ear phones, and dental kit.
  • International Business Class - priority check-in, wide seats that recline into fully flat beds, soft pillow and blanket, inflight movies, series, and documentaries, an extensive menu, fine wines and beverages.
  • Business Class - priority check-in, reclining seats (into flatbed), in-seat massage, 100% cotton bedding, small and main plate dining, full formal dining, award-winning wines and bubbly, amenity kit including hand cream, lip balm, face moisturizer, ear phones, eye mask, travel socks and dental kit (on selected flights). The in-flight entertainment includes a selection of magazines and newspapers, LCD TV, movies and series, as well as Wi-Fi, USB port, wireless printing.
  • First Class - priority boarding, expansive arm chair, in-seat massage, Sheridan bedding, restaurant-style dining, award-winning wines and bubbly, snacks and drinks available throughout the flight. The inflight entertainment system with touch-screen and noise cancelling headphones provides blockbuster movies, comedy, documentaries, and box TV sets. Each first class passenger receives an indulgent First amenity kit packed with Aurora Spa products, an eye mask, socks, ear plugs, deodorant, and a dental kit.

Qantas Airlines Baggage Allowances

Qantas Airlines currently provides a baggage allowance calculator on their website that enables passengers to calculate how much luggage they can take with them based on their fare and chosen destination.

General rules still apply as follows:

  • No one piece of baggage can exceed 32 kg in weight.
  • Frequent Flyer members get bigger baggage allowances.

Economy class travellers are allowed 30 kg of checked luggage and one piece of hand luggage up to 7 kg for domestic flights and 10 kg for international flights.

Premium Economy class travellers are allowed 40 kg of checked luggage, and one piece of hand luggage up to 7 kg for domestic flights and 10 kg for international flights.

Business class travellers are allowed 2 pieces of luggage of up to 40 kg each, one piece of hand luggage up to 10 kg for domestic flights and 10 kg for international flights.

First class travellers are allowed 2 pieces of luggage of up to 50 kg one piece of hand luggage up to 10 kg for domestic flights and 10 kg for international flights.

The total dimensions of checked baggage may not exceed 158 cm.

Check-in for Qantas Airlines

Passengers must check-in for domestic Qantas flights 45 minutes before departure and for international flights, two (2) hours prior to departure. Passengers can choose to check-in in a variety of ways including:

  • Online
  • Via the airline's app (mobile check-in)
  • At an unmanned airport self-service kiosk
  • At an airport check-in counter

It is best to establish what check-in options are available at the airport you are flying from prior to the day of departure.


Loyal customers of Qantas Airlines can join the Frequent Flyer program and earn points for each flight booked. These points can be exchanged for discounts on flights. Also, passengers can join the Qantas club that offers a variety of benefits from access to Qantas Club lounges at airports, extra baggage, upgrade opportunities, and convenient check-in options.

Qantas Airlines Codeshare Agreements

Qantas has a vast range of codeshare agreements in place to ensure that their customer base is well serviced. The airline has codeshare agreements with:

Jetstar Finnair
Air New Zealand Iberia
Air Niugini Japan Airlines
Air Vanuata Jet Airways
Airnort LATAM
Alaska Airlines Malaysia Airlines
American Airlines Qatar Airways
British Airways S7 Airlines
Cathay Dragon SriLankan Airlines
Cathay Pacific West Jet
China Airlines Emirates
China Eastern Fiji Airways
El Al
Qantas Airlines in the News
  • Qantas has plans to test human endurance with a 19-hour flight to gather data on passenger and crew health and well-being. The flight is scheduled to fly from either London or New York to Sydney. Read more on this story here.
  • Qantas announces that its London route is finally profitable. The airline, after the global financial crises, was running the London route at a loss. Now for the first time in 10 years, the airline reports that its London route is turning a profit. Read more on this story here.
  • Qantas Airlines has been assisting the Australian government with the deportation of asylum seekers. The airline is coming under recent pressure to review its policy and refuses to be involved in deportations. Read more on this story here.

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