Upcoming Exhibition | Flying the Southern Cross Route

Flying the Southern Cross Route:  Seventy-Five years of Australian Commercial Air Service to North America

Aviation Museum & Library

January 2022 - June 2022

Flying the Southern Cross Route
Seventy-Five years of Australian Commercial Air Service to North America

Following the first flight from North America to Australia by Charles Kingsford Smith and crew in 1928, the transpacific “Southern Cross” route— named after the aircraft they flew, the Fokker Trimotor Southern Cross—received worldwide fame. After World War II, BCPA (British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines) and ANA (Australia National Airways) commenced commercial air services on their branded “Southern Cross Route” between Sydney and San Francisco via Fiji and Hawai’i. With its acquisition of BCPA in 1954, Qantas Empire Airways assumed operations of the route. Since then, Qantas has continuously offered premier air service between the two continents on the most advanced airliners of the day. Through a diverse collection of airliner models, promotional items, meal service wares, cabin crew uniforms, and photographs Flying the Southern Cross Route presents a legacy of Australian air service on this celebrated route that connects two diverse regions and hemispheres.