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Qantas Airways is the flag carrier airline of Australia and its largest airline by fleet size, international flights and international destinations. It is the third oldest airline in the world, after KLM and Avianca having been founded in November 1920; it began international passenger flights in May 1935. The Qantas name comes from “QANTAS”, an acronym for its original name, “Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services”, and it is nicknamed “The Flying Kangaroo”. Qantas is a founding member of the Oneworld airline alliance.
The airline is based in the Sydney suburb of Mascot with its main hub at Sydney Airport. As of March 2014, Qantas had a 65% share of the Australian domestic market and carried 14.9% of all passengers travelling in and out of Australia. Various subsidiary airlines operate to regional centres and on some trunk routes within Australia under the QantasLink banner. Its subsidiary Jetconnect provides services between Australia and New Zealand, flying under the Qantas brand. Qantas also owns Jetstar Airways, a low-cost airline that operates both international services from Australia and domestic services within Australia and New Zealand; and holds stakes in a number of other Jetstar-branded airlines.
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Qantas fleet compromises of 118 aircrafts excluding 8 B787-9 aircrafts on order. These 118 aircrafts consists of
- 18 A330-200
- 10 A330-300
- 12 A380-800
- 67 B737-800
- 5 B747-400
- 6 B747-400ER
With average fleet age of 10.2 years
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#About New Livery
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said it was only the fifth redesign since 1944, and only the fourth change to the font. However, social media appears to be a main driver for the change.
“The last rebrand, the font didn’t change and the previous design was created before Facebook and social media and the requirements now for a logo, a brand, is a lot different,” Mr Joyce said.
“We wanted this to be more vibrant, three-dimensional and this font is more versatile.”
He said having the Qantas name on the belly of their aircraft would make “a huge difference to people looking up and wondering what airline it is”.
“We were one of the first airlines, if not the first to do it with Jetstar in 2003 and a few airlines have copied Jetstar since then and it’s great to do it with Qantas aircraft,” said Mr Joyce.
“We’re very excited about that, we think it’s a new added feature.”
Qantas is expecting much interest from plane spotters and other aviation enthusiasts following the flood of commentary after the new livery was revealed.
The first Qantas plane with new livery was launched on November 2016 with Sydney-Singapore as it’s first flight. More aircrafts accross Qantas’ fleet are expected to be repainted into the new livery 😊
#Boeing 737-800 fleet
Qantas owns 67 of Boeing 737-800 with average fleet age of 9.7 years as July 2017. The first Boeing 737-800 owned by Qantas was VH-VXA. Named as Broome, this aircraft was delivered to Qantas at 19/12/2001 (15.6 years as July 2017). The serial number of the plane is 29551 as LN1042.
The 737 Family is used by Qantas for Domestic flights, flights around Oceania and to Singapore from Perth 😊
The first aircraft in Qantas 737 Family to wear the new livery is VH-VXM. Named as Mount Hotham, this aircraft was delivered to Qantas 15 years ago as July 2017 (03/07/2002). The serial number of the plane is 33483 as LN1177. Like other aircrafts on the fleet, this plane is equipped with 2 CFMI CFM56-7B26 engines 😊
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This aircraft did amazes me when she did her first flight after being repainted from the factory. I feel the new livery fits perfectly on the 737-800’s fuselage. It’s a nice addition to see this livery if someday 737 can be reworked as Qantas is the biggest user of 737 Family in Oceania. Share your thoughts and comments about this livery! 😊
Here is the link to the older version