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QANTAS turns 100

Michael is joined by Jim Eames, former QANTAS director of public affairs & QANTAS historian, for some history behind Australia’s iconic airline which was founded on this day 100 years ago.

Qantas was founded in Winton, Queensland on 16 November 1920 by Hudson Fysh, Paul McGinness and Fergus McMaster and began international passenger flights in May 1935.

Nicknamed “The Flying Kangaroo”, the Qantas name comes from “QANTAS”, an acronym for its original name, Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services, as it originally serves Queensland and the Northern Territory.

The airline began with an Avro 504K to today being the largest airline by fleet size, international flights & international destinations and the third oldest airline in the world, after KLM and Avianca.

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