sydks From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 8 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2544 times:
Just for a change, I think it's fair to take a break from the current issues and celebrate what has been a fabulous, and on the whole extremely succesful 90 years for one of aviations true icons! Whatever issues they currently face, this is an achievement to be proud of and to celebrate!
Happy Birthday Qantas!! It was on this day (16 November 1920) that the papers were signed in Queensland, Australia to create the company QANTAS or 'Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services'.
You are now on the downhill stretch to the big centenary As a proud aussie I just love seeing the flying kangaroo waiting to take me home when I am on the other side of the world and will happily fly the 'Spirit of Australia' any day of the week! Congratulations to all the staff past and present for building the great company that Qantas is today.
Thought I would share a few links about their big bday I have found today!
I so much love Boeing 707s - especially red and white ones! I love it even more when a real, live one is rolling towards me with Pratt & Whitney engines whining away in their distinctive shrill tone. I love it! It's a throw-back to the days when flying was exciting and glamorous.
On the morning of the day, it was grey and gloomy. Getting closer to the airport, it absolutely belted down with rain, torrential downpour. Which made me quite unhappy. Scurried up Fifth Street to the side entrance of Hanger 96, got my media tag and mandatory yellow safety vest and in I went, with the other eager journos and TV crews. Ushered out in the pouring rain to the tarmac in readiness for Travolta's arrival. Unknown to the other Journos, he'd already arrived at the GA area, presumably to clear customs. Soon enough, the rain cleared, the sun came out and we soon heard the distinctive shrill scream of vintage turbofan engines in the distance. And then it appeared in all of its sparkling glory.
It parked barely 30 metres in front of me I'd guess. And then the captain's DV window opened and John Travolta leaned out the side of it, waving to the huge crowd of waiting journalists. The furious clatter of camera shutters was almost deafening. The stairs arrived beside the plane and soon enough, down the steps he went, to be greeted by Alan Joyce, waiting at the base of the stairs.
I won't mention the press conference as I don't think we should lower the tone in this thread. This is a time to celebrate QF's 90th anniversary - a really huge milestone.
More photos (including those of John Travolta and the flight-attendants in the vintage uniforms) in my other message:
Quokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2342 times:
Happy Birthday Qantas.
It has certainly come a long way from those heady days in Queensland. They have provided me with good service in the past and particularly on one occasion when flying from LST to PER via MEL. A delayed departure from LST meant that the connection in MEL would be very tight, but QF held up the flight to PER so that my party wouldn't miss it.
TN486 From Australia, joined Jul 2008, 921 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2278 times:
QF, an Aussie icon, has served my family and I well. Some highlights:
- my first ever QF flight, a defence force charter, (707) 4 Jun 68, afternoon departure out of SAIGON, direct to SYD, bringing me home after 12 months in Vietnam, to a baby girl who had been born 1 week after my departure to SVN the previous June. My first hug of my 11 month old daughter. The flight crew were very special, and very professional.
- QF 729 second wed in Nov 69, my wife, said daughter, new baby son and I, SYD - SIN for 2 years, return Nov 71 in same ac (VH EAA) (707). Again, very special flight crew, and very professional.
Numerous flights since then, very special flight crew, very professional, at times they have gone "well beyond the normal call of duty" and always with a smile.
And one final "highlight" of what this brilliant airline means to me. Late Mar 99, my wife,( in Melbourne) has a quadruple heart by-pass, confined to bed for 6 weeks, early May 99 Sat evening, phone call telling us her mother in Syd has no more than 48 hrs to live. a phone call to QF, a number of Faxes to QF confirming details of situation from certain medical authorities, (some other details too confidential to mention here) and my wife is at her mothers bedside by 1100 on the sunday morning, and all this (and more) at a fraction of the normal full fare cost.
Happy birthday QF. You are certainly "The worlds most experienced airline".
remember the t shirt "I own an airline"on the front - "qantas" on the back
UAEflyer From United Arab Emirates, joined Nov 2006, 1084 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2196 times:
Happy Birthday to the Spirit of Australia and to the lovely Australian people who backed their national carrier in the last 90 years.
Qantas was and is solid, they succeeded many crisis and get through world war II downturn and many other global problems.
Long live Qantas Long Live Australia.
B727LVR From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 630 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2156 times:
Agreed. I have been lucky enough to fly Qantas to and from the US. One of the best trips ever. The crews were awesome. This airline should be a model to others on what to do and how to do it! Best of luck for your next 90 years!!!
I'm like a kid in a candy store when it comes to planes!
kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12478 posts, RR: 34
Reply 12, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2051 times:
I have some very happy memories of QF, including my first jump seat into my namesake airport, back in May 1993, on VH-OGG, a 763. I remember saving up for that holiday for months and it was worth every penny of it. I had some terrific experiences and although I have not have the pleasure of flying Qantas since then, I'd certainly do so again, in a heartbeat.
The recent weeks have been a bit rough on Qantas, what with the 'OQA incident and various minor events, which although normal for the airline industry, have been seized upon by newspapers looking for a cheap headline. The fact of the matter is that those 470+ people are very lucky to be alive and it was due to the professionalism of a Qantas crew.
It was once written that "safety is no accident" and Qantas has always been a leader in this field and that leadership didn't come about just by chance.