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Qantas Official SiteYou can find all (flight status, destinations, booking, check in, baggage allowance, contact, adress, phone number, route map, fleet, timetable, flights, ticket, fares, route map, offices, careers) about Qantas in official site of Qantas. In 2009, Qantas was voted the sixth best airline in the world by research consultancy firm Skytrax, a successive drop from 2008 (third), 2007 (fifth), 2006 (second), and 2005 (second).
Qantas was founded in Winton, Queensland on 16 November 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited by Paul McGuiness, Hudson Fysh, Fergus McMaster and Arthur Baird. In 1934, QANTAS Limited and Britain's Imperial Airways (the forerunner of British Airways) formed a new company, Qantas Empire Airways Limited. QEA flew internationally from May 1935, when the service from Darwin was extended to Singapore using newer de Havilland DH.86 Commonwealth Airliners.
Flying boat services were resumed with American built PBY Catalinas on 10 July 1943, with flights between Swan River, Perth and Koggala lake in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).
In 1944 the Catalinas were augmented by conventional B-24 Liberators, flying from Ratmalana via RAF Minneriya for refueling and then across the ocean to Learmonth.
After World War II, QEA was nationalised, with the Australian Labor government led by Prime Minister Ben Chifley buying the shares of both Qantas Limited and BOAC. Shortly after nationalisation, QEA began their first services outside the British Empire i?? to Tokyo via Darwin and Manila with Avro Lancastrian aircraft.
In 1958, Qantas became one of the very few round-the-world airlines, operating services from Australia to London via Asia and the Middle East (Kangaroo route) and via the Southern Cross route with Super Constellations. The first jet aircraft on the Australian register (and the 29th 707 built) was registered VH-EBA and named City of Canberra. Air travel grew substantially in the early 1960s, so Qantas ordered the larger Boeing 707-338C series of aircraft.
When Cyclone Tracy devastated the town of Darwin at Christmas 1974, Qantas established a world record for the most people ever embarked on a single aircraft when they evacuated 673 people on a single Boeing 747 flight.
The Australian Government sold the domestic carrier Australian Airlines to Qantas in August 1992, giving it access to the national domestic market for the first time in its history. In 1998, Qantas co-founded the Oneworld alliance with American Airlines, British Airways, Canadian Airlines, and Cathay Pacific. At the same time, Virgin Blue announced a major expansion in October 2001, which was successful in eventually pushing the Qantas domestic market share back to 60%. Qantas had also developed a full-service all economy international carrier focused on the holiday and leisure market, which had taken on the formerly used Australian Airlines name. Qantas has also expanded into the New Zealand domestic air travel market, firstly with a shareholding in Air New Zealand and then with a franchise takeover of Ansett New Zealand.
On 13 December 2004, the first flight of Jetstar Asia Airways took off from its Singapore hub to Hong Kong, marking Qantas' entry into the Asian cut-price market. On 14 December 2005 Qantas announced an order for 115 Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 aircraft (45 firm orders, 20 options and 50 purchase rights). Although Qantas did not choose the Boeing 777-200LR, it is rumoured that Qantas is still looking into buying aircraft* capable of flying Sydney-London non-stop. In December 2006, Qantas was the subject of a failed bid from a consortium calling itself Airline Partners Australia. Qantas wholly owns Jetstar Airways, Jetconnect (which operates New Zealand domestic and some TransTasman services), QantasLink (including Sunstate Airlines and Eastern Australia Airlines), and Qantas Freight (which itself wholly owns Express Freighters Australia).
Qantas has stepped up the expansion of Jetstar, with the launch of international services (in addition to existing trans-Tasman and Jetstar Asia flights) to leisure destinations such as Bali, Ho Chi Minh City, Osaka and Honolulu having begun in November 2006.
The Boeing 747, which once constituted the entire Qantas fleet in the early 1980s, and of which Qantas operates 30, will be retired by the airline in the coming years. On 1 July 2008 Qantas became a 58% shareholder in the Jetset Travelworld Group, by corporatising its leisure and corporate travel divisions; Qantas Holidays and Qantas Business Travel (QBT), and selling them to Jetset Travelworld Group. On 4 September 2008 the first Qantas Airbus A380 was registered in Australia, in the lead-up to a handover ceremony on 19 September.
On 2 December 2008, British Airways confirmed that talks were underway regarding a possible merger between the two companies. On 29 December 2008, Qantas flew its last scheduled Boeing 747-300 service, operating from Melbourne to Los Angeles via Auckland.
Assalamualaikum WRB dan salam sejahtera, Kami, para pelajar tahun ke lapan jurusan APG di Changsha, ingin mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Adha kepada ahli keluarga di kampung, khususnya Mak dan Ayah, Abang Long, Kakak, Acik, Adik, Pak Ngah sekeluarga, Tok Wan, Mak Usu, serta Ketua Kampung kami di Kuching, Terengganu, Teluk Intan dan Melaka.
Tidak ketinggalan rakan-rakan sepejabat yang pada masa ini tengah seronok main bunga api cap harimau kat kampung halaman sambil sibuk mengasah pisau untuk upacara qurban dan ada yang sibuk menyediakan juadah untuk menyambut pagi Aidil Adha yang mulia..
Kami di sini tidak kurang meriahnya dan telah selamat menyembelih Fillet-o-fish McDonald selain menjamu juadah fries cicah sos tomato. We landed in Changsha in Hunan Province, China just after sundown 4 days before Aidil Adha, on Monday November 23, 2009. On our 4th night there, on the eve of Aidil Adha, we ventured out to a nearby shopping area that had a long pedestrian mall. Afterward, we went for a long walk on the pedestrian mall, and here are two interesting pictures I took with my EOS D-SLR camera. We were cruising at 1,093 km per hour at an altitude of 36,974 feet, which was equivalent to slightly over 11 km up in the air. The quiet landing was immediately followed by the roar of thrust reversers being engaged to direct hot exhaust gases from the four engines to the front, to quickly stop the heavy aircraft. I activated the radio on my mobile phone, which had been hibernating in flight mode since the boarding in Kuala Lumpur. That was to be expected – we were after all at an Australian airport, and a major one at that as well.
7 minutes later at 9.06 am, the aircraft docked and connected to a jetway next to a US Delta Air Lines Boeing 777 which had flown at its maximum range across the Pacific from Los Angeles to Sydney.
At 9.21 am I breezed through immigration and then waited at Carousel number 2 for my baggage. In January 2007 I landed at Newark airport near New York after a short 90-minute flight from Washington D.C. The bag never appeared, and two days later I checked in at the airport for the 21-hour MH91 flight to Kuala Lumpur via Stockholm with only my trusty backpack and laptop computer.
I came out of the reverie back to the present, when the luggage carousel at Sydney airport started to move at 9.35 am.
I then went to the queue that was waiting to have their luggage cleared by customs inspectors.
Australia’s authorities were very strict on the importation of foods, grains, pollen, seeds, fruits, honey, soils, medications and other similar materials. The lady customs officer attending to me asked that I show her the food that I had declared on the form.
I had psyched myself for the worst and was quite ready to be held up until the last passenger had gone, as what had happen to me in 2006 at Perth Airport. Here in Sydney I was not grilled with the barrage of questions I had endured in Perth – where I was going to visit, why I was going there, who I was going to meet, what was my itinerary, did I have credit cards, why I brought the GPS receiver, why I brought the magnetic compass, why I brought several flash drives, why that particular video clip was in my laptop computer (it was a lecture video), was I there to give lectures, etc, etc. I concluded that the raw treatment I received in Perth over 3 years ago was not representative of the country’s border security system, rather it was a treatment I had received from an overzealous young lady officer. After several minutes’ rest, I opened my suitcase and transferred to my backpack the granola bars, first aid kit, and a toiletries bag. That done, I made my way down the hall towards the elevator that went down to the airport train terminal. I walked across the concourse to the Pusrawi pharmacy to get a 9 volt battery for my homemade headphone amplifier.
I pulled out my trusty Palm TX PDA, and checked Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 747-400 aircraft seating arrangement. I doubled back to the check-in counter, gave the Malaysia Airlines staff my boarding pass and quietly informed her the that the seat she gave me was not in the upper deck that I had requested when I booked the flight.
The colleague tapped her computer keyboard, and then the staff attending to me returned to her seat and printed another boarding pass. After getting the battery at the pharmacy and completing Isha’ solat (prayer) at the nearby surau (mini mosque) next to the airport post office, I made my way to the departure gate, then immigration, then airport security. The bottle had been traveling with me on quite a number of flights, and the backpack on many more. Even with the international ban on water being taken on board flights, the bottle did not attract any question at any of the foreign airports I had been, but I was once questioned about it here at Kuala Lumpur International Airport when I was on my way to Los Angeles via Taipei. The security procedure done, a few minutes later I was in the train going to Terminal C where my boarding gate was situated. At the terminal, I rode a transparent-wall elevator up one floor to Malaysia Airline’s lounge.
At home a few days earlier I had looked at the website of several car rental companies in Perth, and concluded that Bayswater offered the best deal. However, reading the Government of Western Australia Department of Transport’s website, I gathered that a visitor to the state was allowed to drive using a valid overseas license, and that if the license was not in English then it was advisable to carry along an International Driving Permit or an approved English translation of the license. At the airport lounge I persuaded myself that my Malaysian driving license would be OK because it was in Roman alphabets and there were words at the front in English indicating that the document was a Malaysian Driving License. I was in and the door had started to close when two airline pilots managed to reopen the door and came in.
The timing of the journey, October, even though hurriedly planned, could not have been better. I had always wanted another return to Perth, the city where I spent 6 years of my life in the early 1980’s.
Then I remembered the Indian Pacific, a train service that connects Western Australia with the eastern Australian states.
An Indian Pacific train journey from Australia’s Pacific Ocean city of Sydney to the Indian Ocean city of Perth sounded fascinating. I chose Saturday 3rd October,  noted the date down, then opened up Malaysia Airlines website.
A little tight timing, with barely 6 hours’ gap between landing at the airport and getting on board the train. Next was the Red Sleeper Service, with a twin-sharing sleeper cabin, and meals not included.
As the name implied, the service offered a seat, for day and night, for the whole duration of the journey.
But then I thought – the service might not be that bad, it might even be in demand, otherwise Indian Pacific would have done away with the service long time ago. Then mid-morning on Friday, Ah Kian, Ah Hoi’s brother, phoned me that the bike was ready, it was perfect he said, the noise that I was complaining about was gone. He went on telling me items on the bike that had been replaced – the twin timing chains, the magnet coil (alternator) immersed in engine oil that generated electricity for the engine and battery, the rectifier that converted the alternating current from the magnet coil into direct current, engine oil, gasket, and spark plugs.
At home on the Friday afternoon I phoned for a Comfort taxi , went to Ah Hoi’s place at Bandar Sunway and collected my bike. My bike after a major service at Ah Hoi's bike shop in Bandar Sunway, newly washed and raring to go. In the taxi I struck a conversation with Mahadi the driver, decided that he was a dependable guy, and booked his taxi for the night’s ride to Kuala Lumpur International Airport. That done, I rushed back home, still on warp speed, to settle my credit card payments, as well as stopping by the neighborhood hardware store to get a couple of Australian electricity adapters. I also went into the Guardian pharmacy to stock up on some paracetamol tablets and other emergency medicine for the Australian trip.
Ah Kian was true to his words – the bike, after spending 4 days at the shop and after costing me a bundle, was really in top form for its age. I’m uploading these images from the reception office of Mountway Holiday Apartments, Perth, while waiting to hop on a taxi for the airport, for my flight back to Malaysia.
I, being the ever understanding life-partner, understood her and her parents’ feelings, and had phoned my mother in Jerteh more than two weeks ago informing her of us returning to her only on the second day of Raya. The journey from our USJ home to Gombak Toll Plaza, the Selangor entry to the Karak Highway, via New Pantai Expressway and Duke Highway, was surprisingly smooth.
Even though the highway was smooth flowing, an LED electronic display board at the entrance of Genting Sempah tunnel, one of the highest peaks of Titiwangsa Mountain Range, warned travellers of severe congestion at the highway’s exit into Bentong town, a few kilometers from the Bentong Toll Plaza.


Knowing the severity of Raya congestion approaching and inside Bentong, I informed the family that we would be taking the longer, but less-travelled and hopefully not congested, rural road from Kampung Cinta Manis to Sertik and Felda Mempaga. Alhamdulillah and true enough, the road from Cinta Manis to Sertik, Mempaga, Sungai Klau, Sungai Ruan and joining the Raub-Lipis trunk road at Pintu Padang, 10 kilometers out of Raub, was smooth flowing as well. My four boys – Hanif, Adib, Adam and Alif, had a good time with their Atuk grilling the lemang at a spot at the back of the sprawling kampung house. I had just booked myself a Malaysia Airlines seat from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney, Australia, and a seat for the return journey from Perth to Kuala Lumpur. And more importantly, that would not give me confidence to make commitment for the other part of my plan.
I had almost forgotten that this flight would be a Boeing 747-400 with a stretched upper deck. Suddenly and without signal or any warning, the motorcycle cut to the right, directly into my path.
I had suffered very serious fractures to my left leg main bone (tibia) near the knee cap (patella).
On Friday 24th August 2001 they removed my ankle bar, but replaced it with another bar drilled into the tibia bone about two inches below the fractured area. 14 days later, on 4th September 2001 I was told that the treatment was not giving expected results, and thus the weight was increased to 5 kilogram. On 4th October 2001, Day 44, I was finally discharged from the hospital, with my left leg encased in plaster cast.
The name was originally "QANTAS", an acronym for "Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services". In 1928 a chartered Qantas aircraft made the inaugural flight of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, departing from Cloncurry. This linked up with the BOAC service to London, maintaining the vital communications link with England.
These aircraft were also deployed between Sydney and London in cooperation with BOAC, but were soon replaced by Douglas DC-4s.
In 1952, Qantas expanded across the Indian Ocean to Johannesburg via Perth, Cocos Islands and Mauritius, calling this the Wallaby Route. The special shortened version for Qantas was the original version Boeing offered to airlines.
This aircraft returned to Australia as VH-XBA in December 2006 for display in the Qantas Founders Outback Museum at Longreach, Queensland. In 1966, the airline diversified its business by opening the 450 room Wentworth Hotel in Sydney. The purchase saw the introduction of the Boeing 737 and Airbus A300 to the fleet i?? though the A300s were soon retired. The alliance commenced operation in February 1999, with Iberia and Finnair joining later that year. Market share for Qantas immediately neared 90%, with the relatively new budget airline Virgin Blue holding the remainder. To prevent any further loss of market share, Qantas responded by creating a new cut-price subsidiary airline Jetstar.
This airline ceased operating its own liveried aircraft in July 2006, with the staff operating Qantas services before being closed entirely in September 2007, with the staff joining the new Qantas base in Cairns. In 2003, Qantas attempted and failed to obtain regulatory approval to purchase a larger (but still minority) stake in Air New Zealand. The aircraft will allow Qantas to replace their 767-300 fleet, increase capacity and establish new routes. This bid failed in April 2007, with the consortium not gaining the percentage of shares it needed to complete the takeover. However, Qantas operates a significant number of international flights into and out of Singapore Changi, Brisbane Airport, Los Angeles International and London Heathrow airports. Qantas did have a minor 4.2% stake in Air New Zealand, but this was sold on 26 June 2007 for $NZ119 million. On some routes (such as Sydney-Honolulu) Jetstar supplements existing Qantas operations, but many routes are new to the network.
The last three 747-300s were retired at the end of 2008 and the 747-400 series will be phased out beginning in 2013, replaced by the Airbus A380. This deal created a vertically integrated travel company with retail, wholesale and corporate sales arms. They would merge as a dual-listed company with shares listed both on the London Stock Exchange and Australian Securities Exchange. The final 747-300 flight was on 20 January 2009 when the last of the four 747-300s was ferried to the United States for storage, bringing to a close over 24 years and 524,000 flying hours of operations. The changing color hues were very soothing and pretty and were designed to help weary travelers adjust more easily to a different time zone. It connected immediately to Telstra Mobile and soon after that a text message came in from my brother-in-law in Kuala Lumpur acknowledging my text to him informing of my trip the night before. Through the cabin window I could see many Qantas planes with their vertical stabilizers in distinctive white kangaroo on red background. My luggage was nowhere to be seen even after everyone on the flight had collected theirs, and the carousel had stopped moving!
I had planned to explore New York city while waiting for my flight home, but the missing luggage with my warm clothing in it had forced me to stay indoors. In my bag I had packs of granola bars – bars of ready-to-eat compressed oats and cereals, enough to last the four-day journey on the Indian Pacific train from Sydney to Perth.
Thus on the landing form distributed during the flight, I had dutifully declared that I was bringing food materials. After rummaging through the first aid bag, she advised me to declare them on the landing form next time, even though they might be normal paracetamol tablets.
They did not even care to look at my e-ticket which would verify that I had a confirmed return flight back to Malaysia in a week’s time. I found a row of vacant seats and sat there  observing the surroundings and planning my move. I needed to put into the backpack everything I required for the 4-day journey because once checked in, I would not have access to the big bag again.
I had safely arrived in Sydney with ample time to comfortably catch the Indian Pacific for the long trek across the Australian continent.
True enough; the seat number printed on the boarding pass was for a seat on the lower deck, not on upper deck as I had requested two weeks before. She stepped over to her colleague at the next counter, and told her that the upper deck looked to be full.
She tore into two the earlier boarding pass and handed me the new one, with an upper deck window seat. It passed through the security scanner without raising an alarm or question from the officer. I did not book then because of lingering doubts as to whether a Malaysian driving license was sufficient or needed to be supplanted by an International Driving Permit.
The validity dates of the license, the holder’s address and the classes of vehicle the holder was licensed to drive were self explanatory. I would have a car, with GPS and comprehensive insurance cover, waiting for me in Perth when I arrive there on the Indian Pacific from Sydney on Tuesday 6th October. The door then re-closed, and at that instance I saw through the transparent wall another two pilots tried to enter but were unable to because the elevator had started to move down. The gate was at the far end of the terminal, and when I arrived there, I found a long queue in front of me waiting to go through a second security check.
I had the opportunity to fly from Kuala Lumpur to anywhere in Australia and return, for the same airfare.
The big transoceanic project I was involved in was in extended initial stages and there were big time gaps in between activities. And thoughts of crossing the Nullarbor Plain, the hundreds of kilometers of no-tree desert, for a second time in my life, added more spice to the idea.
But I believed the risk was manageable – in my experience all these years, Malaysia Airlines were good at keeping to their flight schedules. The premier one was called the Gold Service where one could choose a single sleeper cabin or a twin-sharing one, with all meals included. That was better, but I read something elsewhere on the internet that made me chose the remaining service, the Red Daynighter Seat Service. The price fit my budget, but the thought of spending 4 days and 3 nights in the train seat admittedly sounded rather challenging and back-breaking. Another thought, or wishful thinking – the carriage might not be full that I could sleep flat on two seats, even though I might have to curl myself into a semi-fetal position.
The engine sputtering and dying was caused by an electrical short circuit, which had since been fixed.
Then I rocketed the bike at warp speed all the way down the NPE Highway to the center of Kuala Lumpur to my favorite money changer, and exchanged my Ringgits for A$500.00 in small notes. My mum would be OK, insyaallah, because at least four of my brothers and sisters would be at the kampung on the Raya eve and for the first day of Raya.
We arrived in Dong in good time, just one hour after exiting the highway at Kampung Cinta Manis. Lemang is a traditional Raya dish made up of glutinous rice mixed with freshly squeezed coconut milk, and filled inside specially selected bamboo cuts lined with soft banana leaf sheets. During the first call I was informed that for the first leg of the journey, Kuala Lumpur-Sydney, all Economy seats were already sold out. That would be in the middle of Hari Raya (Eid celebrations marking the end of Ramadan fasting month). If I made the commitment now and it turned out in 3-4 days’ time that my seat to Sydney was not available, then I would have lost nearly a thousand Australian dollars.
I pulled hard the front disk brake’s right lever and simultaneously pressed my right foot hard on the rear drum brake lever.
And then there were skin wounds on my left knee cap, on my left elbow and cuts on my left eyebrow and cuts on both knuckles. Patient in hospital bed with skeletal traction applied to injured leg, which is supported in slings.
The traction contraption stayed with me, and I was imprisoned to the bed until 3rd October 2001, Day 43 of my hospitalization.
Nicknamed "The Flying Kangaroo", the airline is based in Sydney, with its main hub at Sydney Airport.
The aircraft had a cruising speed of 105 kilometres per hour (65 mph) and carried one pilot and two passengers.
In July 1938, this operation was replaced by a thrice weekly flying boat service using Shorts S.23 Empire Flying Boats. The 5,652 km non-stop sector was the longest flown up to that time by any airline, with an average flying time of 28 hours. They flew from Sydney to Gawler, Adelaide for refuelling than to Learmonth for the overnight stage to Ratmalana, where the plane refuelled for the flight to Karachi, where BOAC crews took over for the trip to UK. Around this time, the British Government placed great pressure on Qantas to purchase the De Havilland Comet jet airliner, but Hudson Fysh was dubious about the economics of the aircraft and successfully resisted this.
Boeing lengthened the aircraft by ten feet for all other customers, which destroyed the economics for Qantas Pacific routes. The Boeing 707-138 was a shorter version of the Boeing 707 that was operated only by Qantas. The same year, Qantas placed early options on the new Concorde airliner but the orders were eventually cancelled.
Later in the decade, Qantas placed options on two McDonnell Douglas DC-10 aircraft for flights to Wellington, New Zealand. The Boeing 747 fleet was upgraded from 1989 with the arrival of the new Boeing 747-400 series.


Qantas was privatised in March 1993, with British Airways taking a 25% stake in the airline for A$665m.
Oneworld markets itself at the premium travel market, offering passengers a larger network than the airlines could on their own. To capitalise on this event, Qantas ordered Boeing 737-800 aircraft i?? obtaining them a mere three months later.
This has been successful in keeping the status quo at around 65% for Qantas group and 30% for Virgin Blue with other regional airlines accounting for the rest of the market. Subsequently Qantas stepped up competition on the trans-Tasman routes, introducing Jetstar to New Zealand.
Its domestic hubs are Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide airports, but the company also has a strong presence in Cairns and Canberra airports. The lower cost base of Jetstar allows the previously unprofitable or marginal routes to be operated at greater profitability.
Qantas is also considering the Airbus A350 or the Boeing 777-300ER to replace the 747-400s in addition to the A380; the Boeing 787 may also take over some routes. The aircraft arrived on Australian soil on the morning of 21 September, when it touched down at Sydney Airport.Qantas' first route for the A380 was Melbourne to Los Angeles beginning on 20 October 2008, then from Sydney to Los Angeles. However, on 18 December 2008, the two companies called off their merger discussions over ownership issues in the aftermath of a merger. The final 747-300 flight was also the last time a Qantas aircraft flew with a flight engineer. The flight information display on my armrest LCD screen showed that the flight would be in the air for another 2 hours before we land in Sydney.
But I had to wait a while for the bag to take a long tour around the hall before it came to me – I was standing at the wrong side of the carousel. She did not say anything, but turned her attention to my first aid bag, pointing to two blister packs of paracetamol tablets that I always included in my travel bag. And if needed be, as a last resort,I could always inform whoever concerned that I earned my license when I was  a student in Perth, and had it converted to a Malaysian license upon my return to Malaysia in 1985. Within a minute my mobile phone vibrated with the arrival of an acknowledgment email from Bayswater, confirming my booking.
With my backpack, netbook in its bag and a bulky digital SLR camera, I walked briskly out of the airline lounge to the elevator.
Abdul Manaf, a Malaysia Airlines pilot who was my neighbor and friend at the neighborhood’s surau. I was relieved – I was not too late or else everyone would have already gone on board the aircraft.
At 11.49 the aircraft was pushed back off the gate and four minutes later we began to move forward. I could even fly into one Australian city and depart from a different one, thousands of kilometers apart, and still pay the same price. I searched the internet for public transport, especially long-distance buses that go from from Sydney to Perth. That done, I reopened the web page of Great Southern Railway, the operator of Indian Pacific. I was pleasantly surprised that the price was only one-third of what I had been expecting based on openly published prices. Quite substantial  – about the same price as the premium Gold Service on Sydney to Perth Indian Pacific!
The open spaces, the majestic coconut trees, the fruiting, heavily laden rambutan trees, the free-ranging chickens, and of course, the awaiting beloved Atuk (grandpa) and Wan (grandma), were all siren calls beckoning us to return as quickly as we could.
The highway was virtually clear of the normal hordes of East-bound Raya cars that I had apprehensively anticipated, based of previous years’ experience. I could not picture myself on the phone handling the suspense while others in the family were having a good time celebrating Hari Raya. And going to Perth would be like returning home, after all the years that I had lived there during my younger days. Both ends of the bar were tied to two small nylon ropes which went up to a pulley on a high bar at the foot of my bed, and went down connected to something which I could not see. The area surrounding my left eye was swollen black and the white part of the left eyeball was blood red.
Maybe it was because I immediately passed out in the milliseconds after I fell down head first onto the lane’s grass verges.
It is Australia's largest airline and is the world's second oldest continuously operating airline (behind KLM). Eighty-four year old outback pioneer Alexander Kennedy was the first passenger, receiving ticket number one. The Sydney to Southampton service took nine days, with passengers staying in hotels overnight. Passengers received a certificate of membership to The Rare and Secret Order of the Double Sunrise as the sun rose twice during the flight.
The lengthening of the runway at Ratmalana enabled the diversion to Minneria to be eliminated, and soon Ratmalana was replaced by RAF Negombo. The network was expanded across the Pacific to Vancouver via Auckland, Nadi, Honolulu and San Francisco in early 1954 when it took over the operations of British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines (BCPA).
The airline successfully negotiated with Boeing to have the aircraft they had originally contracted for. The first jet service operated by Qantas was on 29 July 1959 from Sydney to San Francisco via Nadi and Honolulu. The later delivery date allowed Qantas to take advantage of the -200B version, which better suited its requirements. The delivery flight of the first aircraft VH-OJA was a world record, flying the 18,001 km from London to Sydney non-stop. This unusually short time between order and delivery was possible due to the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States i?? the subsequent downturn in the US aviation market meant American Airlines no longer needed the aircraft they ordered. British Airways sold its 18.5% stake in Qantas in September 2004 for i??425 million, though keeping its close ties with Qantas intact. This announcement came after a long battle between Boeing and Airbus to meet the airline's needs for fleet renewal and future routes.
Via its freight subsidiary Qantas Freight, it owns 50% of both Australian air Express and Star Track Express (a trucking company), with the other 50% of both companies owned by Australia Post. The second A380, which was delivered in December 2008, increased the service frequency on the same routes. If the merger between Qantas and British Airways and the previously announced merger between British Airways and Iberia Airlines had both occurred, it would have created the largest airline company in the world. Outside air was cold -14 Celsius, but it was nowhere near as cold as -64 Celsius that I had observed above Norway in a flight from US to Sweden in January 2007. The Indian Pacific website had recommended that Red Daynighter Seat guests such as me bring along a blanket and pillow for added comfort. Too bad, if he was going to Sydney that night instead of Frankfurt then I would have had a great time taking ambient-light photos of the aircraft’s cockpit in flight. I would then spend the night in Sydney and in the morning of the next day would explore the city before making my way to the train station.
Apart from the premium price, the meals would be of no use to me because there was no mention of their halal or kosher status. The only sacrifice I needed to make was to skip my daily morning jog around the neighborhood playground, so that I could race to the office to chase after one of the 500 free first-come-first-served parking lots at my office building. Earlier in the morning, Malaysia Airlines texted me on the mobile phone that the night’s flight to Sydney would be delayed by 1 hour due to some operational reasons. Initially there was little pain, but some time later it came, after the drug and painkiller wore off.
The joint on my right hand thumb was dislocated, and my left face area from the eye to the upper lips felt numb. Qantas is headquartered in the Qantas Centre in the Mascot suburb of the City of Botany Bay, Sydney, New South Wales.
The airline operated air mail services subsidised by the Australian government, linking railheads in western Queensland. For the single year of peace that the service operated, it was profitable and 94% of services were on time.
The service was renamed the Kangaroo Service and the passenger award became The Order of the Longest Hop. On 5 September 1959, Qantas became the third airline to fly jets across the Atlantic i?? after BOAC and Pan Am, operating between London and New York as part of the service from Sydney.
This was named the Fiesta route and was from Sydney to London via Tahiti, Mexico City, and Bermuda. Also in 1967, Qantas Empire Airways changed its name to Qantas Airways, the name of the airline today. In March 1979, Qantas operated its final Boeing 707 flight from Auckland to Sydney, and became the only airline in the world to have a fleet that consisted of Boeing 747s only. The public share offer took place in June and July of that year, with the government receiving A$1.45b in proceeds. The delivery positions were reassigned to Qantas on condition the aircraft remained in American Airlines configuration for later possible lease purposes. The first of the 787s were originally scheduled to be delivered in August 2008, with the 787-9s coming in 2011.
Since its privatisation in 1993, Qantas has been one of the most profitable airlines in the world. Subsequent aircraft to be delivered will further expand services, initially on the Kangaroo Route. Add to that, images of colorful and beautiful flowers blooming in meadows all over the countryside filled my mind.
At the corner of my eyes I could see the small motorcycle exited the lane into the main road.
All of the turbojet aircraft were converted to upgraded turbofan engines in 1961 and were rebranded as V jets from the Latin vannus meaning fan.
That same year Qantas introduced Business class i?? the first airline in the world to do so. However on 10 April 2008 Qantas announced that the intended August delivery of the 787s has been delayed for a further 15 months from the original delivery date. It was voted 3rd best airline in the world in the 2008 World Airline Awards (with surveys conducted by Skytrax).
Enemy action and accidents destroyed half of the fleet of ten, when most of the fleet was taken over by the Australian government for war service.
Investors outside Australia took a strong interest in the float, securing 20% of the stock which, together with British Airways 25% holding, meant that, once floated on the stock exchange, Qantas was 55% Australian owned and 45% foreign owned.
In the interim, Qantas Chief Executive Officer Geoff Dixon stated that Qantas will claim substantial liquidated damages from Boeing under the purchase agreement, and use those funds to offset the costs of leasing alternative aircraft. Although still a drop from the 2nd place position it held in 2005-6, it improved its 2007 position of 5th place. Abdul Manaf then looked at his watch and reminded me that I was late and needed to move quickly. By law, Qantas must be at least 51% Australian-owned, and the level of foreign ownership is constantly monitored. Qantas also negotiated the lease of six Airbus A330 aircraft for Jetstar International operations. In addition to this the airline received awards for Best First Class Lounge, Best Airline Australasia, Best Economy Class Onboard catering and Best Regional Airline Australasia.




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