A replica of Qantas' first plane, an Avro 504K, at the Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach
A replica of Qantas’ first plane, an Avro 504K, at the Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach

On 16 November 1920, Queensland And Northern Territory Aerial Services (or QANTAS for short) was incoporated. This makes next Monday, 16 November 2020, the airline’s 100th birthday!

But there’s a lot more to the story of Qantas, and the people who founded it, than the signing of a piece of paper. In Episode 49 of the AFF on AIR podcast, Qantas Founders Museum curator Tom Harwood tells the full story of how Qantas was born, and how it grew to become the national carrier.


Listen now to AFF on AIR Episode 49: “Qantas Centenary”

You can also view the episode notes. If you’d like to discuss this episode, ask Matt a question or suggest a topic for a future episode, you can join the discussion on the AFF on Air Discussion thread.

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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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