Qantas Airways Limited is the flag carrier of Australia. The name was originally “QANTAS”, an acronym/initialism for “Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services”. Nicknamed “The Flying Kangaroo”, the airline is based in Sydney, with its main hub at Sydney Airport. It is Australia’s largest airline, the third oldest in the world. Qantas headquarters are located in the Qantas Centre in the Mascot suburb of the City of Botany Bay, Sydney, New South Wales.
Currently the airline is considered a four-star airline by research consultancy firm Skytrax. In 2010, Qantas was voted the seventh best airline in the world by the firm, a drop from 2009 (sixth), 2008 (third), 2007 (fifth), 2006 (second), and 2005 (second).