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User currently offlineQF1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 892 times:

Today marks 80 years of service for QANTAS Airways so happy birthday old fella!!!!

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User currently offlinePerthGloryFan From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 751 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 870 times:

Yes, 16 years and 11 months after the Wright brothers taught the world to fly at Kittyhawk NC, Queensland And Northern Territory Aerial Services was set up.
Only one other older airline using its original name today is still operating, KLM Dutch Royal Airlines. Unfortunately their operations were disrupted by WW2 so Qantas's PR claims it to be the "longest continously operating airline in the world" - a bit tacky I guess to base this claim on another's tragic misfortune. Nethertheless a great achievement - I wonder what air travel will be like in another 80 years' time?
Today is also the day that the Qantas board is expected to announce "the" decision: "To Airbus, or not to airbus, ...."


User currently offlineB727-200 From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1051 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 859 times:


I wonder if the remoteness of Australia has helped QF achieve its longevity - the fact that they have tested the water and established many markets over the years that have turned out to be a success, without too much immediate competition?

I think Ansett celebrates either its 65th or 70th birthday soon also, which may lay some credence to my hypothesis.

B727-200.


User currently offlinePerthGloryFan From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 751 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 850 times:

B727-200
I believe without a doubt that Australia's extremely scattered population centres has contributed to our aviation development and history.
As for the longevity of Qantas when the merger/takeover with Australian Airlines (nee Trans Australian) was being planned there were a couple of Canberra politicans (read utter and complete idiots) suggesting a new name be found for the combined airline! Fortunately, some sense prevailed and the Qantas named lived on - and may it do so for another 80 years.


User currently offlineB727-200 From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1051 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 831 times:


PerthGloryFan,

I hope you are not suggesting that only a couple of our "Pollies" are idiots   .

It will be interesting to see what happens with the Ansett brand name once the NZ raping and pillaging has stopped?

B727-200.


User currently offlineAduum From Australia, joined Sep 2000, 335 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 822 times:

good on ya Qantas

User currently offlineBrissie_lions From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 816 times:

QF have a special 80th Anniversary website at

http://203.13.236.141/popup.htm

With wallpapers, screensavers and a step-back-in-time look at the operations going back to the 20s.

Cheers

Scotty


User currently offlineVictor Hotel From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 305 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 809 times:

well done Qantas and good luck in the future Happy Birthday.
VH


User currently offlineAio86 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 928 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 813 times:

Congragulations Qantas! Happy Birthday, Feliz Año nuevo!. Isn't Mexicana really old aswell? They began in 1921, KLM in 1919 and Qantas in 1920. Would that make Mexicana the 3rd oldest airline in the world? Thanks for info.
-Aaron, LAX (All three cariers come to my home airport   )


User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9107 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week ago) and read 787 times:

Happy Birthday Qantas!

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