Tuesday, 11 May 2010

ABC Wednesday Q for Qantas

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The first time we went to Australia was in June 1996 for the wedding of my second daughter. We flew with Qantas from London Heathrow to Singapore and after a stopover we continued the trip to Cairns, where my daughter met us at the airport. From Cairns we flew in a small aircraft to Cooktown.

Wikipedia says:"Qantas Airways Limited is the national airline of Australia. The name was originally "QANTAS", an acronym/initialism for "Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services". Nicknamed "The Flying Kangaroo", the airline is based in Sydney. It is Australia's largest airline and is the world's second oldest airline. Qantas is headquartered in the Qantas Centre in the Mascot suburb of the City of Botany Bay, Sydney, New South Wales.

In 2009, Qantas was voted the sixth best airline in the world by research consultancy firm Skytrax, a drop from 2008 (third), 2007 (fifth), 2006 (second), and 2005 (second).

With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar or Here. This week we are looking for words beginning with Q.


Jingle said...

yes, I have seen your update now.
Happy Tuesday!
Fabulous post!

Dina said...

Wil, have a great time on home turf with the family!!
Yes, God bless Quantas for ferrying you and me and our daughters and grandkids back and forth.

Some exciting pictures in the video!

Sylvia K said...

Great post as always, Wil! I've always heard good things about Quantas! Terrific video! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!


Roger Owen Green said...

Of course! Australia, with its scattered population practically NEEDED air travel.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Vicki Lane said...

Ha! I've learned something new! Thanks, Wil!

Anya said...

Mooie video :)))

Geniet maar lekker van Uw bezoek


photowannabe said...

I had no idea that Quantas was an acronym.
I'm so happy that you got some great family time together and thanks for sharing the video.

anthonynorth said...

A country that definitely needs air travel.

Life with Kaishon said...

Little tiny planes scare me to no end!

Hildred and Charles said...

Great post Wil, - the video gives me itchy feet and the music makes me want to fly.

Jama said...

I only travel once by Qantas, it was a domestic flight from Brisbane to Sydney.

Cloudia said...

Lucky Australia :)

Aloha from Hawaii

Comfort Spiral

Etje said...

Wel spijtig dat de zon ook niet van de partij is nu je bezoek hebt, maar leuk zal het daar bij jullie toch wel zijn.

Ann said...

I have flown qantas many times, and it is a good airline.

When will you go to Oz again?

Sh@KiR@ CK said...

Quantas is a great airline..
Mine is here
Happy Sensational Wednesday!

Mar said...

I would love to fly Quantas to visit Australia!!

Q is for quince

Jay said...

Aha! Well, this solves a mystery! Thank you! I've often idly wondered 'why Qantas'?

I did hear that Qantas had a pretty good reputation, too!

Arkansas Patti said...

Love your header.
Admire your ability to get on any plane and fly. I have a real fear.
Have a wonderful visit.

Paula Scott said...

I know someone who worked for Quantas long enough to retire from it! Remember the movie, "Rainman"? He talked about Quantas being the only airline that didn't have a crash. I wonder if that is still true...

Tumblewords: said...

Quantas has such a beautiful sound to me - it brings forth wonderful thoughts. I have no idea why.

Anna said...

Great post.
Learned something new today.
Best wishes,


J Bar said...

Good choice for Q.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Grace and Bradley said...

I took Quantas when I visited Australia, many years ago. I remember exactly when, because I was at LA airport watching the American launching the fist air strike to Iraq in the first Gulf war. Never know what Quanta stands for and it is the second oldest airlines in the world. Have a good weekend.

Marja said...

I flew a couple of times with qantas Good airline

Jingle said...


Happy Monday!
Friendship tags 4 u.
I enjoyed your company!