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Happy 90th Birthday Qantas!  
User currently offlinesydks From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 8 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3145 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!

A great mini site to celebrate 90 years.

A video from their Birthday gala dinner

The staff giving a run down of 90 years

Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation Article

90 years in photo's, Planes & Uniforms

and at least one news outlet that recognised the occasion with a story and timeline (even if they couldn't resist recapping recent events!)

SYD - Kingsford Smith Airport - Home
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User currently offlineTheCommodore From Australia, joined Dec 2007, 3799 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3138 times:

Happy Birthday anyway         

[Edited 2010-11-16 02:13:24]

“At first, they'll only dislike what you say, but the more correct you start sounding the more they'll dislike you.”
User currently offlinekingfriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1312 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3092 times:

Wow! That's a long time for an airline to have been around. Considering aviation only really took off in 1903, this is a pretty big milestone. Is QANTAS the oldest airline in the world?


Tho' I've belted you an' flayed you, By the livin' Gawd that made you, You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!
User currently offlineaviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3083 times:

Happy 90th Bithday Qantas ... kudos to the people throughout these nine decades who have made this a great airline - including John Travolta who kept the V-Jet livery on the B707 current.

KC Sim

User currently offlineTheCommodore From Australia, joined Dec 2007, 3799 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3034 times:

Quoting kingfriday013 (Reply 2):
Is QANTAS the oldest airline in the world?

I think that award might go to KLM. Born 7th October 1919

“At first, they'll only dislike what you say, but the more correct you start sounding the more they'll dislike you.”
User currently offlinecpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 5056 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3018 times:

I was there for the 90th Anniversary event in Sydney with John Travolta in attendance. So cool!

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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:

A Few Photos From The QF 90th Event (by cpd Nov 6 2010 in Aviation Photography)

That little orange number on the F/A second from right would cause a furore if it were the uniform today.  

Congratulations Qantas, 90 years and still going strong. What a great achievement!  Smile

[Edited 2010-11-16 03:33:13]

User currently offlinemal787 From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 713 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2990 times:

Happy Birthday Qantas,A truly great airline. Looking forward to many more years , will we see John Travolta at your 100th in his 707 or maybe a 747?


[Edited 2010-11-16 03:39:03]

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User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2943 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.

User currently offlineEBGflyer From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 1085 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2934 times:

Happy Birthday QF,

New A380 engines on the wish list?


User currently offlineTN486 From Australia, joined Jul 2008, 1034 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2879 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
User currently onlineUAEflyer From United Arab Emirates, joined Nov 2006, 1338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2797 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.

User currently offlineB727LVR From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 630 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2757 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!
User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13265 posts, RR: 34
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2652 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.

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