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Happy 85th Birthday Qantas!  
User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4650 posts, RR: 23
Posted (9 years 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1811 times:

It's 16 November in Australia, and that means it's officially Qantas' 85th anniversary!  bouncy 

Happy Birthday to Qantas!

Some bits and pieces about Qantas -

* Flying boats were introduced in 1938, connecting Southampton and Sydney in a mere 10 days!

* The Kangaroo symbol first appeared in 1944.

* Became an around-the-world airline in 1958, when two Super Constellations were dispatched - one eastbound and one westbound around the world.

* First airline outside the USA to fly the Boeing 707, with the first Boeing 707-138 being delivered in July 1959.

* Held off on delivery of the Boeing 747 until the more powerful Boeing 747B was available, and thus took delivery in 1971.

* Had production deposits on the Boeing 2707 and the Concorde, but both never appeared in Qantas livery.

* The worlds only all Boeing 747 airline from 1979 to 1985, with a mix of 747-238Bs, 747-238B Combis, and 747-38SP.

* Merged with the domestic government owned airline TAA / Australian Airlines in 1993.

http://www.qantas.com.au/info/about/company/85thbirthday?lk=prau

Cheers,

Trent.


I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
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User currently offlineA390 From South Africa, joined Sep 2005, 204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1787 times:

Congratulations QANTAS!
May you have another 85 years of safe air travel.


User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3768 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1780 times:

Well done Qantas!  champagne 

Quoting A390 (Reply 1):
May you have another 85 years of safe air travel.

Well said!  Smile

Hope you continue to rule the Australian skies for years to come!  Smile

Rob!  wave 


User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 857 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1777 times:

Gratulerar till 85 år i luften, QANTAS!!!

XXXXX

Micke//SE  birthday   champagne 



Airbus SAS - Love them both
User currently offlineMark_D. From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 1447 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1762 times:

Congratulations QANTAS  Smile


I still remember those ' "I hate QANTAS"-poor-longsuffering-koala' TV ads on CTV especially through the 1970s. Apparently one of the worldwide classics in the history of the biz:

http://www.tvacres.com/bears_koala_qantas.htm
http://www.globeinvestor.com/servlet...rint/BWIRE/20050527/20050527005407


User currently offlineLordHowe From Finland, joined Jan 2003, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1751 times:

Congratulations Qantas! - Paljon onnea Qantas! (=in Finnish)

And thanks for many, many unforgettable experiences onboard!

Best regards,
LordHowe



Lord Howe Island - The Last Paradise
User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4650 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1729 times:

How could I forget....

* Qantas was the first airline to introduce Business Class in 1979!

To date, I've never had a bad experience flying them. I was trying to find a picture on the net of the Captain Cook Lounges from upstairs in the 747s when they were first put into service, but had no luck. Bugger!

Trent.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
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