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Old Australia Airline Advert Query  
User currently offlineImag From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 199 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2059 times:

I can’t remember whether the advert was for Ansett, Qantas or TAA. I can remember it cause some controversy as a female passenger check out a male attendants bottom. I think it had the lyrics “you’re so smart you should have been a teacher”.

Have had a search of youtube and can’t find anything. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

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User currently offlineCamohe From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1975 times:

I remember that TV advert. It was for Australian Airlines (previously called TAA) and I think the slogan was "You should see us now!" Hope that helps.

User currently offlineOnedude From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 214 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1970 times:

It was definitely TAA/Australian, but I thought it was "The way we do the things we do" campaign?

A lot of the old TN/AN television ads are on youtube.com.


User currently offlineDitzyboy From Australia, joined Feb 2008, 775 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1904 times:

Funnily enough I was talking about that ad with some ex-TAA/Australian women on my last trip. As mentioned it was part of the 'You should see us now' campaign.

The closest thing I have seen on youtube is an ad for Australian Air Express which has the jingle 'You should phone us now'. Not quite the same, though!

A bit of trivia for you. The FA that hands the newspaper to the female customer is not the same person as when she turns around and looks at his bottom. The ad gives the impression that it is the same guy. Apparently it was a running joke, at the time, between the two guys whether it was better to be the face double or the ass double.

User currently offlineImag From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1811 times:

Thank you all very much... will stop watching Ansett adverts and go back to focusing on Australian ones...

Some of them are rubbish btw... Qantas is definitely on a winner with there "I still call Australia home" ones... like advertising gold...

User currently offlineAirbear From Australia, joined exactly 15 years ago today! , 648 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1695 times:

Quoting Imag (Reply 4):
Qantas is definitely on a winner with there "I still call Australia home" ones... like advertising gold...

Hi Imag. Sorry mate, but IMHO, you only find the "I Still Call Oz Home" ad a "winner", because perhaps being in the UK, you may not be over-exposed to it! I personallly find it nauseating, and hypocritical in the extreme, given QF's current modus operandii in the way of engineering, crewing etc etc. Yes, I know that many carriers are doing the same, but QF could do all this without wrapping the flag around itself.

Many folks here of an unkind disposition already years ago - pre-dating QF's use of the song - re-named the original Peter Alllen song "I Still Call Aust. My Meal-Ticket", given his more or less permanent and long-term expat status. Then, I guess the telling thing for HIM is that following the ad as performed by the umm.. "Dixon Youth", hardly anyone would associate that song any more with P.Allen.

Anyway, some trivia: a) Geoff Dixon purchased the rights to the song while he was still with Ansett, where it was never used, and he took those rights (somehow) with him to QF. And .. b) what with dragging the choir, their minders, film crews and other hangers-on around all of creation to film the various versions of the ad, I read somewhere that that campaign was one of the most, if not THE most expensive series of ads ever made, anywhere! Perhaps any a.netters in the ad industry might confirm or contra this.

Cheers, Airbear.

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