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Australian Airlines

Australian Airlines
AirlineAustralian Airlines
Ceased operations30 June 2006
Airline hubCairns International Airport
Secondary hubsSydney Airport
Frequent-flyer programQantas Frequent Flyer
Fleet size5
HeadquartersSydney, Australia (Qantas Group headquarters)

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Australian Airlines was a full-service airline based in Australia, servicing Australian and Asian destinations between 2002 and 2006. It was an all-economy, full-service international leisure carrier and was a wholly owned subsidiary of Qantas, although run independently of the mainline carrier. Its main base was at Cairns International Airport, with a secondary hub at Sydney Airport.

The airline ceased operations under its own livery on 30 June 2006 but continued to operate flights for Qantas under a wet lease agreement. This means Australian Airlines operated flights for Qantas using its own crew/cost base but under the Qantas brand. Qantas decided to discontinue the public use of the Australian Airlines brand in favour of having Jetstar Airways as its leisure, now low-cost, carrier. Qantas and Jetstar is operating services to replace Australian Airlines' routes, with Jetstar International introduced in late 2006 to help expand the Qantas Group's international presence.

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