November 16, 1920 in the Sky: The Beginning of Qantas

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History of aviation โ€“ November 16, 1920. On this Tuesday, November 16, 1920, a new airline was founded: the Queensland And Northern Territory Aerial Service, better known as Qantas, which is in fact an acronym. This last Australian company was created after the creation, in 1919, of the companies Aerial Services Ltd and Aerial Transport Ltd but also of KLM (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij), which was founded on October 7, 1919 and which is today the most old airline still in operation.

The company Queensland And Northern Territory Aerial Service comes in second position in the ranking of the oldest companies, its birthplace being Brisbane. It was under the leadership of lieutenants Paul McGinness and Wilmot Hudson Fysh, war veterans, and wealthy breeder Fergus Mc Master that Quantas was created.

The company, in its beginnings, offered an air taxi service until 1922. After that, regular lines were established, the company provided connections for postal purposes and passenger transport.

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