(CNN) — Australian airline Qantas is celebrating its 100th anniversary on November 16, a uncommon piece of upbeat information for an aviation business hobbled by the coronavirus pandemic.
The airline started life because the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services, which was abbreviated to QANTAS, on — as you’ll have found out — November 16, 1920.
The three founders, Hudson Fysh, Paul McGinness and Fergus McMaster, believed that the then-nascent enterprise of air journey could be the way in which to attach numerous far-flung outposts within the rural areas of Australia.
Its first plane was an Avro 504, a pre-World War I biplane that would seat a pilot and one passenger.
Originally, small planes delivered mail and freight between rural Outback cities, however the airline advanced together with the nation and Qantas (this time in lowercase) turned Australia’s nationwide provider in 1959. Its first worldwide flight route was to Singapore in 1935.
Its kangaroo livery first appeared in 1944 and accompanied the airline throughout the airline’s growth all through the Asia-Pacific area and past.
“Around the world, Qantas is probably best known for its safety record, endurance flying and long list of aviation firsts. But for Australians, there’s nothing quite like seeing the flying kangaroo at the airport, waiting to take you home,” the airline’s CEO, Alan Joyce, stated in a press assertion.
Amid the pandemic, Qantas operated most of the “relief flights” that introduced Australian residents again from distant corners of the world.
It is not solely Qantas’ title that has modified over the previous century. The airline is credited with inventing enterprise class and, in a non-Covid 12 months, it is the one provider that flies to all seven continents.
Like many different airways world wide, Qantas has been hit exhausting by the decline in journey amid the pandemic. It has responded by launching a “flight to nowhere” the place passengers spend seven hours flying in a loop throughout the continent, passing over websites just like the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru.
While large plans for the airline’s centennial have been scaled again resulting from native virus management strategies, Qantas did function a scenic flight over Sydney Harbor to have a good time the large day.
CNN’s Angus Watson contributed reporting.