1972 - The beginning
Formed in the hazy, free-wheeling days of the 70s by two vets, Flight Centre began life as a double-decker bus called Argus. Australian 23-year-old Graham ‘Skroo’ Turner lands in the UK for the ‘must do’ Australian thing of seeing Europe and gets a job as a vet, which is what he had trained to do. Skroo soon gets bored and goes into partnership with his friend Geoff ‘Spy’ Lomas. They buy a double-decker bus to run tours around Europe for their Aussie mates. The first double-decker bus is purchased in Yorkshire and christened ‘Argus’; Topdeck Travel is born.
1982 - Flight Centre is born and takes the world by storm
Skroo and some of the other directors from Topdeck Travel decide to set up a travel agency in Sydney based on the discounted airfare model he had seen in London. It was decided to focus on the Flight Centre model rather than the blood, sweat and tears of the bus tours business in Europe.Flight Centre Limited is incorporated and the first Flight Centre store is opened. By 1990, Flight Centre has 80 shops in Australia and New Zealand.
1995 - Flight Centre is UK-bound
Gary ‘Boxer’ Hogan is appointed to lead Flight Centre’s UK operation and the first UK store opens its fire-engine-red doors in Putney. In the same year Flight Centre is launched in Canada and South Africa.
Unsurprisingly, a lot has happened since Argus the bus embarked on his first tour. You can now find Flight Centre stores in 11 countries including Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, South Africa, Hong Kong, India, Mainland China, Singapore, UAE and the United Kingdom.The UK is now home to 11 brands covering a huge area of sectors, from corporate travel to the youth and adventure markets. What’s more, Flight Centre Limited continues to encourage its team to explore the career opportunities available across all brands, helping them to find their passion in travel and grow their career.
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