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Entry from May 14, 2013
The Flying Kangaroo (Qantas nickname)

Qantasis the flag carrier airline of Australia. Qantas has used the flying kangaroo in promotional materials since at least the 1940s. By at least 1954, Qantas was dubbed the “flying kangaroo line.”

In the early 1970s, a flying kangaroo symbol was painted on Qantas planes. The Qantas nickname “The Flying Kangaroo” has been promoted by the airline itself, but the name has not been trademarked in the United States.


Wikipedia" Qantas
Qantas (Qantas Airways Limited) (pron.: /ˈkwɒntəs/) (ASX: QAN) is the flag carrier of Australia. The name was originally “QANTAS”, an acronym for “Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services”. Nicknamed “The Flying Kangaroo”, the airline is based in Sydney, New South Wales, with its main hub at Sydney Airport. It is Australia’s largest airline, the oldest continuously operated airline in the world and the second oldest in the world overall. Qantas headquarters are located in the Qantas Centre in the Mascot suburb of the City of Botany Bay.

Google Books
The Australasian Engineer
1947
Pg. 36:
Below a map of the world showing the route follow- ed to Britain and back to Australia by Qantas Empire Airways is depicted a conventionalised flying kangaroo hopping over a globe.

Google Books
White’s Aviation
Volume 10
1954
Pg. 33:
“The big airline from down under,” that is how the airlines of the Northern Hemisphere feel about Qantas, and indeed Qantas is very much a part of Australia. The name and famous symbol of the flying kangaroo, immediately identifies it as an airline of world fame, with traditions the whole Commonwealth can be proud of.

Google Books
ASTA Travel News
Volume 23
1954
Pg. 142:
The year saw the inauguration of service across the Pacific by Qantas — the “flying kangaroo line” of Australia, using Super Constellation aircraft.

OCLC WorldCat record
Qantas world routes
Author: Anne Drew; Qantas Empire Airways.; British Overseas Airways Corporation.; Tasman Empire Airways.
Publisher: [Sydney? : Qantas, 195-?]
Edition/Format: Image : Picture : English
Summary:
Advertisement for Qantas Airways. Artwork depicting a pictorial map of the world showing routes and connections for Qantas. Destinations feature vignettes representing the country. For Australia: black swan for Perth; koala for Australia; Sydney Harbour Bridge for Sydney. For New Zealand: Maori talisman. For Papua New Guinea: palm tree with bird of Paradise. The compass includes Aboriginal designs. The brown border with the Qantas flying kangaroo logos.

OCLC WorldCat record
Australian Industries Fair, February 27-March 22, 1958 : during Melbourne’s Moomba Festival, Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne : Fly Qantas, B.O.A.C. : intending vistors should advise Chamber of Manufactures Melbourne date of arrival.
Author: Victorian Chamber of Manufacturers.; Qantas Empire Airways.
Publisher: [Melbourne : Victorian Chamber of Manufacturers, 1958?]
Edition/Format: Image : Picture : English
Summary:
Poster of artwork depicting a flying kangaroo with wings on an Australian map within a white cogged wheel surrounded by a red and blue pincer like shape.

Google News Archive
8 March 1972, Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune, “Ask Andy,” pg. 13-D, col. 1:
Andy sends a World Book Atlas to Kerry Hill, age 14, of Santa Maria, California, for his question: “What is a flying kangaroo?”

The female kangaroo is called a “flier” and the leaping lady deserves her poetic name. Her mate is called a “boomer”, possibly because he makes a booming racket by thumping his mighty back legs on the grond. When flier and boomer have a child, he or she is called a “joy”.

Google News Archive
6 June 1984, The Age (Melbourne), “News in Brief,” pg. 2, col. 2:
The flying kangaroo, a symbol used by Qantas for 13 years, will lose its wings as part of the airline’s new corporate image.

Google News Archive
22 August 1988, Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald, og. 1, col. 2:
Stand by America, here comes the Flying Kangaroo
By TOM BALLANTYNE,
Aviation Editor
(Cols. 3-4—ed.)
Qantas will be able to fly directly to three new cities of its choice—at present it can serve only Honolulu, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York—then on to eight other US destinations still to be chosen.

Google Books
Best We Forget
By Bernard Clancy
Victoria, Australia: Indra Pub.
1998
Pg. 376:
Outside on the tarmac, a gleaming Boeing 707 with a flying kangaroo on the tail was being refuelled.

OCLC WorldCat record
Quantum Leap in Service for the Flying Kangaroo: Qantas says it is saving money and pleasing customers as a result of training programs and giving staff ‘ownership’ of service standards
Edition/Format: Article : English
Publication: BRW -MELBOURNE- 21, no. 41, (October 22, 1999): 104-115
Database: British Library Serials

OCLC WorldCat record
The Flying Kangaroo Bounces Back A couple of years ago, little was going right for Qantas Airways
Author: A Paul
Edition/Format: Article : English
Publication: FORTUNE -EUROPEAN EDITION- 144, Part 10 (November 26, 2001): 18-20
Database: British Library Serials

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