Which are the most important Australian airlines?

Australian airlines

From the glorious Great Barrier Reef to the mysterious Outback, Sydney’s surfing beaches to the vineyards of Adelaide Hills, Australia is one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations attracting millions of tourists throughout the year. For those of you planning a trip to this great country, here we present a rundown of the most important Australian airlines.


Founded in the Queensland outback in 1920, Qantas is the largest of all Australian airlines and the country’s flag carrier. In addition to operating services to all corners of Australia and New Zealand, Qantas currently fly to over 40 countries spread across Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe. The airline also offers a unique Antarctica sightseeing flight.

Visit www.qantas.com.au for more information on routes and flight deals.

Jetstar Airways

Jetstar Airways is a subsidiary of Qantas and serves as a low-cost airline. The airline’s current fleet consists of the Airbus A320-200, Airbus A321-200 and Airbus A330-200. The fleet is to be expanded to include the Boeing 787-8 in 2012. As of today, Jetstar flies to 19 domestic destinations and 29 international locations spread throughout 14 countries.

To find out more, visit www.jetstar.com/au.

Virgin Australia

Formerly known as Virgin Blue Airlines, Virgin Australia is the second biggest of all Australian airlines. The airline has the largest fleet in the country and is part of Richard Branson’s Virgin brand. Based in Brisbane, Virgin Australia fly to a host of local cities as well as popular destinations in Bali, New Zealand, Thailand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.

For full details of destinations, check out www.virginaustralia.com.

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