Qantas Defence Services

Qantas Aviation Services

Qantas Defence Services (QDS)

Qantas has a long and proud history of supporting Australia's defence forces predating World War II, when it first performed maintenance and modification work on airframes and engines. In 1999 Qantas Defence Services was established to take an independent approach using the strengths of Qantas while developing the closer customer focus suited to the commercial expectations of Defence.

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Qantas Airways Limited, Qantas Defence Services employs approximately 500 people. It currently provides support to a range of major Australian Defence Force capability systems including the Lockheed C-130H Hercules and P-3 Orion, the Boeing B737-700IGW and Bombardier Challenger CL604 Special Purpose Aircraft, Sikorsky S-70A-9 Black Hawk, BAE Hawk 127 and the EADS CASA KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport.

Qantas Defence Services offers a wide range of services utilising its own independent resources while drawing on the considerable strengths and resources of the Qantas Group. As one of Australia's largest defence services companies, Qantas Defence Services provides the vital link enabling the raise, train and sustain functions of Australia's military capability.



Capabilities provided to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) include:

  • Aircraft Modification and Upgrades,
  • Through Life Support,
  • Propulsion Systems Maintenance,
  • Repair and Overhaul,
  • Fleet Planning,
  • Fuel Management,
  • Project Management,
  • Ground Support Equipment,
  • Supply Chain Management,
  • Integrated Logistics Management,
  • Design Engineering,
  • Configuration Management,
  • Training Courseware Development, and Training Delivery.


Multi Role Tanker Transport

Qantas Defence Services holds numerous Quality accreditations and Airworthiness Approvals including AS/NZS ISO9001:2008, AS/EN 9110, CASA CAR 30, EASA 145 (A330 Line and Base Maintenance), and DGTA AMO (Military Aircraft Maintenance).  It is a recognised Airworthiness Engineering Organisation (AEO) and Authorised Maintenance Organisation (AMO) within the ADF airworthiness regulations framework and operates under the authority of a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).