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 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.
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 markets the freight capacity of all international Qantas, Jetstar and Jetstar Asia aircraft and a fleet of Boeing 747-400F and B767-300F freighter aircraft. It also operates its own ground handling facilities in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Los Angeles. These facilities are some of the largest freight terminals in Australia and handle not only Qantas and Jetstar aircraft but a number of other carriers.
Freight capacity on all Australia domestic aircraft is marketed by Australian air Express (AaE) which is operated as a joint venture by Qantas Freight and Australia Post. Qantas Freight and Australia Post also own and operate the Australian express road freight operator Star Track Express.
In addition, Qantas Freight Enterprises owns in a number of specialist logistics business around the world including:
- Express Freighters Australia (EFA) which has its own Air Operators Certificate and a fleet of four 737 converted freighter aircraft.
- Jets Transport Express an Australian based trucking company that specialises in road feeder services to the air freight industry.
- Qantas Courier provide 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 in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and Auckland.
Qantas Freight Enterprises employs more than 800 staff across its network.
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, 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 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.