Qantas Founded in regional Queensland in 1920 – as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services – Qantas has operated continuously for longer than any other airline and played a leadership role in the development of the Australian and global aviation industry. Known for pioneering long-haul air travel to Europe and across the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Qantas today is ranked the world’s safest airline by Airline Ratings and a top 10 carrier globally by Skytrax. Together with its fellow Qantas Group airlines, including Jetstar, it carries more than 50 million people a year, operates a fleet of 300 aircraft, and employs around 30,000 people.