Australian Airways was a full-service airline based mostly in Australia, servicing Australian and Asian locations between 2002 and 2006. It was an all-economy, full-service worldwide leisure service, and was an entirely owned subsidiary of Qantas (though run independently of the mainline service). Its essential base was at Cairns Worldwide Airport, with a secondary hub at Sydney Airport.
The airline ceased operations beneath its personal livery on 30 June 2006, however continued to function flights for Qantas beneath a moist lease settlement. This implies Australian Airways operated flights for Qantas utilizing its personal crew/price base, however beneath the Qantas model. Qantas determined to discontinue the general public use of the Australian Airways model in favour of getting Jetstar Airways as its leisure, now low-cost, service. Qantas and Jetstar are working providers to switch Australian Airways’ routes, with Jetstar Worldwide launched in late 2006 to assist develop the Qantas Group’s worldwide presence.
The airline was established in 2001 and began operations on 27 October 2002, reusing the identify Qantas gained when it acquired former Australian home service Australian Airways in September 1992. Its preliminary community of flights focused on leisure tourism between Queensland and Japan. Subsequent enlargement introduced on different leisure locations all through Southeast Asia. On 12 April 2006 Geoff Dixon, CEO of the Qantas Group, introduced that the group could be specializing in a two-brand technique, the Qantas and Jetstar manufacturers, and as such the Australian Airways model would stop to exist from July 2006.
The airline’s plane have been re-painted again into the Qantas livery and returned to Qantas short-haul to be used on their home and trans-Tasman routes. Different Boeing 767-300 plane (in Qantas two-class configuration) have been equipped to Australian Airways by Qantas, for them to function beneath a moist lease settlement within the interim. Australian Airways continued to function beneath this settlement, servicing a number of routes to Japan together with twice-daily flights to Tokyo-Narita Airport, and likewise flights to Manila-NAIA Airport within the Philippines.
Throughout April 2006, Qantas confirmed that, with a purpose to concentrate on its two-brand technique of Qantas and Jetstar, the Group had determined that it might abandon Australian Airways. On 30 June 2006, Australian Airways ceased to exist, with the airline’s Boeing 767-300s and crew to nonetheless present providers from Cairns beneath the Qantas model.:11 The next day, the airline’s fleet was absorbed into Qantas’s mainline fleet. The father or mother firm closed down the Australian Airways operation utterly on the finish of August 2007.
On the time earlier than it ceased operations, Australian Airways operated scheduled providers to the next locations:
Be aware 1 Suspended previous to ceasing operations
In August 2006, the Australian Airways fleet consisted of 5 Boeing 767-300ER plane.