Original Qantas office in Longreach
Original Qantas office in Longreach

100 years as the Spirit of Australia

From humble beginnings to becoming our national carrier, Qantas has been a part of Australia’s story for 100 years. Take a look at the key moments that have shaped our journey. 

Our history

On 16 November 2020, it was 100 years since pioneering Australian aviators Sir Hudson Fysh and Paul McGinness stood in a dusty paddock in outback Queensland and launched a little airline they called Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service. One hundred years later, Qantas had evolved to become the longest continuously operating airline in the world.

Our stories

Since our beginnings in outback Queensland, so many people from Australia and around the world have been part of the Qantas journey. From the heartfelt to the historic, the inspiring to the extraordinary, their stories have helped make the Spirit of Australia what it is today.

Our Centenary livery

The story of Qantas is the story of modern Australia. That’s why our Centenary livery design features the evolution of the Qantas logo since being founded in 1920, right through to today.

The evolution of our logos

From a simple black typeface and a map of Australia with wings, to our iconic Flying Kangaroo, our logos have evolved and grown, just like us. 

In 2016, we created the logo we have today, with a contemporary streamlined look to symbolise a new era and our next generation of aircraft – the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

explore our logos

Centenary safety video

A Century of Safety

Safety has always been, and will continue to be, our number one priority. So, in our inflight safety video we’ve taken a light-hearted trip down memory lane – all the way back to the roaring 20s – showcasing how times have changed and safety has evolved over the last century.

About the video

Amenity kits

The Centenary collection

Taking you on a journey through the decades, the collection was our most planet-friendly at the time, brimming with botanical ingredients and more sustainable materials.

Our Centenary kits