Subsidiary Companies

In addition to the core business of transporting passengers and air freight, Qantas operates a number of subsidiaries, including QantasLink and Jetstar, and also has interests in associated businesses, including inflight catering, and holiday and travel operations.


QantasLink logo

QantasLink operates over 2000 flights each week to 56 metropolitan, regional and international destinations across Australia and to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.

See the QantasLink section for more information.

Q Catering

Q Catering logo

Qantas Catering Group Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary that operates two catering businesses - Q Catering and Snap Fresh. Q Catering has catering centres in six Australian ports - Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide and Perth. Snap Fresh is a state-of-the-art plant in Queensland built to centralise meal production for airlines and to supply non-aviation markets.

See the Q Catering section for more information.

Qantas Freight

Qantas Freight logo

Focused on providing excellence in air freight services, Qantas Freight Enterprises is Australia's largest independent air freight services business employing over 1,300 people in Australia and across the world.

Qantas Freight operates a network of 21 specialist cargo handling terminals in 15 major gateway ports across Australia and in a dedicated terminal in Los Angeles. These terminals handle freight for Qantas and Jetstar, as well as many other major carriers. Each terminal offers a variety of services appropriate to local market needs, including: coolrooms and freezers for perishables; warmrooms for shipments vulnerable to cold weather; strongrooms and safes for secure storage; and dry and wet ice for re-icing.

Qantas Freight operates a fleet of 12 freighter aircraft to supplement capacity to key import and export destinations in Australia and around the world. The aircraft operate a mix of scheduled and charter services, including seven weekly services from Australia to China, five weekly services between China and the United States and 37 nightly inter-capital Australian domestic services.

Qantas Freight Enterprises also owns a number of specialist logistics businesses around the world including:

  • Express Freighters Australia (EFA); a wholly-owned subsidiary freighter management company which has its own Air Operators Certificate and also wet leases its Boeing 767-300F and Boeing 737-300CF aircraft to Qantas Freight.
  • JETS Transport Express; an Australian based trucking company that specialises in the provision of interstate trucking for domestic legs of international air cargo. JETS operate a fleet of trailers specially designed to handle large air freight pallets which, due to their size, cannot be moved on domestic aircraft
  • Qantas Courier New Zealand; providing a range of specialist courier services to small and medium size enterprises and individuals as well as a range of quality unaccompanied baggage services. Qantas Courier has offices and warehouses in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Express Ground Handling

Express Ground Handling

Express Ground Handling, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qantas Airways within the Qantas Airports and Catering Group, provides comprehensive ground handling services to Jetstar and several regional airlines.

Qantas Holidays

Qantas Holidays logo

Qantas Holidays, part of the Jetset Travelworld Group wholesale suite, is one of Australia's leading travel wholesalers. Qantas Holidays markets an extensive range of competitively priced products and services covering the Qantas network, including partner airlines and codeshare services, as well as packages for other airlines under the Viva! Holidays brand. In addition to destination specific promotions, Qantas Holidays sells packages to a number of special events in Australia, such as popular stage shows and sporting events.

On 30 September 2010, the Jetset Travelworld Group LTD which comprised of Qantas Holidays, Qantas Business Travel and the Jetset Travelworld Retail Group, completed a merger with Stella Travel Services PTY. LTD. The merged company is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange as The Jetset Travelworld Group (JET) and is an integrated travel business operating a number of wholesale (Inbound and Outbound) travel businesses, a range of franchise based and affiliate retail travel agency networks, an air consolidation and airline representative operation, as well as, corporate travel management services.


Jetstar logo

Jetstar is Australia's and Singapore's low fares airline for Australia and Asia-Pacific. Jetstar started flying within Australia on 25 May 2004, and within Asia just over six months later. Jetstar launched international long haul flights from Australia to Asia in November 2006.

Jetstar's Australian operation is wholly owned by Qantas but is managed separately and operates independently, with the Australian headquarters in Melbourne. Jetstar Asia is a Singapore-based partnership between Qantas (49%) and Singapore company Westbrook Investments (51%) with the hub based in Singapore .

The airline's colours of orange, silver and black were chosen for their bold, modern feel and its livery is based on the Southern Cross. The orange star in the logo represents the smallest star of the Cross, Epsilon Crucis, the only five point star in the Southern Cross as it is represented on the Australian flag.

Qantas Defence Services

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.

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