Qantas Airways Limited is the flag carrier of Australia. The name was originally "QANTAS", an acronym for "Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services". Nicknamed "The Flying Kangaroo", the airline is based in Sydney, New South Wales, with its main hub at Sydney Airport. It is Australia's largest airline, the oldest continuously operated airline in the world and the second oldest in the world overall. Qantas headquarters are located in the Qantas Centre in the Mascot suburb of the City of Botany Bay. Qantas still retains a 65% share of the Australian domestic market and carries 18.7% of all passengers travelling in and out of Australia.
With the COVID crisis, QANTAS like most other airlines around the world is struggling to survive. Most of its flights have been suspended and most of its planes are languishing in the airports, being maintained and hopeful for a return to the skies. It has shed one-fifth of its employees while keeping another 15,000 stood down. Government support is the only way the company and its employees can weather the COVID storm.
Here's to happier days, when the kangaroo can fly again and we can travel to our destinations of choice around the world!
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