Qantas Airways Limited is the national airline 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 and the world's oldest continuously
operating airline. 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).