Qantas is the world's second oldest airline. It was founded in the Queensland outback in 1920 and is Australia's largest domestic and international airline. Qantas is recognised as one of the world's leading long distance airlines, having pioneered services from Australia to North America and Europe. The Qantas Group employs approximately 36,000 people and offers services across a network covering 151 destinations in 38 countries - 58 in Australia and 93 in other countries (including those covered by codeshare partners) in Australia, Asia and the Pacific, the Americas, Europe and Africa.
At 1 March 2009 the Qantas Group operated a fleet of 224 aircraft, comprising Boeing 747s, 767s, 737s and 717s, Airbus A380s, A330s and A320s, Bombardier Dash 8s and Bombardier Q400s.