Says CEO Alan Joyce, "... this has probably been the toughest year in our long history, [but] it’s also a timely reminder of how far we’ve come.
"From humble beginnings in outback Queensland, carrying mostly mail, we grew to become the national carrier, flying 50 million people a year. We’ve been there through war, natural disaster and national celebration. We’ve pushed the boundaries of endurance to take generations of Australians all over the world, and bring them safely home again.
"We’ve had the honour of being part of so many journeys – including yours. And that’s what pushes us forward.
"So, in marking the day in 1920 when two recently returned WW1 servicemen and a local grazier decided to start an airline, we acknowledge the huge contribution of all those who have helped make Qantas the Spirit of Australia."