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Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 12:14 am

LOS ANGELES, June 24 (Reuters)

Self-professed "airline geek" and actor John Travolta on Monday earned a new pair of wings as a first officer for Qantas Airways and unveiled a world tour to promote air travel that has weakened since Sept. 11.

Travolta, an avid pilot and Oscar-nominated star of movies from "Saturday Night Fever" to "Pulp Fiction," trained with Qantas and on 747 simulators at Boeing Co. in Seattle and was now officially "Ambassador-at-large" for the Australian airline.

Shortly after Qantas (QAN) Chief Executive Officer Geoff Dixon pinned the golden wings on Travolta, who was wearing a crisp blue aviator's uniform, the actor called the moment "one of the proudest days of my life."

"Without crying here, I would say it's at least alongside the two Oscar nominations I've received in my career. It's right up there with that," Travolta told reporters.

Travolta, 48, said as far back as when he was 4 years old, he wanted his own pilot's uniform. He began taking flying lessons at age 16 and earned his jet pilot's license in 1981. Since then, he has logged 5,000 hours of flying time.

"Besides my serious attitude toward flying, I have to admit something to all of you, I am an airline geek," Travolta said.

He has a son named Jett, and joked that he wanted to name his daughter "Qantas," but wife Kelly Preston wouldn't allow it.

Travolta said his new plans stem from a tour he took to Australia last summer to promote his action thriller, "Swordfish."

Travolta owns a vintage Boeing 707 that was first flown by Qantas, and when he arrived in Australia in the plane, he said, it caused quite a stir. He asked to meet with Dixon and told him if Qantas would return his 1960s plane to its original colors, he would fly around the world to promote the airline.

The movie promotion took place shortly before the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

After the attacks, he and Dixon decided to broaden the scope of his promise to promote not just Qantas, but the airline industry and flying, in general, Travolta said.

"Personally, I can not think of a better ambassador for Qantas than John," Dixon said.

So, in his freshly painted 707 dubbed the "Jett Clipper Ella," on July 1, Travolta will take to the air from Los Angeles and head to Auckland, New Zealand to begin the 10-nation "Spirit of Friendship" tour.

Other destinations will include Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, Rome, Paris, Frankfurt and New York.

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From the Drudge Report

Travolta Buys 440-seat Jumbo Jet
Sat Mar 23 2002 18:00:26 ET

Hollywood legend JOHN TRAVOLTA has spent over $84 million on a 440-seat jumbo jet, according to reports.

The star will use the Boeing 747 to fly to film premieres around the world.

His spokesman says: "He believes this investment will save him loads of time over the next few years and of course he gets to choose who gets on board with him."

The 47-year-old - who bought the plane from Australian airline QANTAS
 
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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 12:19 am

Man, you're a regular Rip van Winkle Jgore! Big grin
 
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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 12:51 am

Can anyone tell me which model of 747 did he buy, 747-400, 300 or 747sp? Thanks!
 
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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 1:01 am

From what I heard a month ago or so, it was a -200B (ex Qantas of course)
 
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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 1:02 am

You guys, both those reports are old (look at the dates) and they've been discussed before.
He didn't buy a 747.
 
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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 1:37 am

It was rumored that he was in talks for a B-747SP, but the deal was never made and the airplane was flown to Marana, AZ to be broken up.

The next plane that he supposedly had his eye on was a 747 "Classic," which would most likely mean a B-747-238B.

I still think a 70s-style "Vinnie Barbarino" picture of Travolta needs to be on the tail, though.  Big grin
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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 3:27 am

I wonder if he's lurking around A.Net incognito?
 
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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 3:51 am

Travolta's B707 painted in Qantas vintage livery landed at YVR about 10 days ago, most likely coming from Sidney via Honolulu. Of course the plane was serviced at Shell VIP terminal.


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Fri Jul 12, 2002 3:53 am

If only you knew Hepkat!  Big grin
 
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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 3:59 am

This question about buying a 747 was brought up at the press conference at LAX and Travolta said himself that any rumor of him buying a 747 is false. He does not need one, he is happy with his 707.
 
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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 4:09 am


JT has no intention of parting company with his beloved B707-138B.
He has not bought any B747 of any variant.
( Both SPs are now scrap at Marana ).
The B707-138B arrived in Sydney on the evening of Thursday 11th July.
From LAX, flew via Vancouver, Honolulu, Papeete - Tahiti, and Auckland.

 
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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 4:26 am

I wonder what colors his new 747 will be painted in.
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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 6:02 am

Question...

Does Travolta fly his 707, or does he have pilots to fly him? I would assume he has pilots, but I would also assume a self-proclaimed "airline geek" would want some time at the controls of his own classic airliner.

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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 7:07 am

JT has about 5 crew on his plane. At least that is how many jumped off the plane in Auckland wearing pilot uniforms. He said in an interview with Homles last night, that he just likes to fly the fun parts the landing and take off. He goes to the back of the plane with his wife and kids. He is first officer in the 707 and 747. And also he is captain on a ton of business jets. He rambled off about 10 different jets that hes type rated in. He seems like a really nice genuine man. A lucky one at that.
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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 8:11 am

An interesting (and little mentioned) detail is that he is only a private pilot.

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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 8:15 am

I wish I had enough money to buy my own 747 or 707 that would be a nice touch.
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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 8:29 am

Greetings:

Does anybody know what his schedule of tours are? Also how many times do you think he visits Airliners.net?

Thanx
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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 8:38 am

John, if you're listening, how about helping some of us out with building our turbine time?  Smile
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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 8:44 am

I wonder what colors his new 747 will be painted in

Did you not read ALL the posts. He DID NOT buy a 747 of any sort.
 
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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 8:49 am

Congrats John Travolta!  Big thumbs up
The Boeing 707 is one of my favorite jets and I am glad that a celebrity like John Travolta is bringing good publicity to the industry.

That was be awesome if he would star in a movie as a pilot.
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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 9:20 am

Go John

He said on Holmes he was Captain on the Gulfstream II, Hawker Siddeley, Cessna Citation X I think and a few more. Who wouldn't love to be in his position.

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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 12:12 pm

Mr AirNZ, then what do you call a Jumbo Jet? Looks like you didn't read the post.
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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 12:47 pm

I hope that he is on one of my flights. It would ROCK to have him as First Officer on the QANTAS flight I was on
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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 1:59 pm

Jjbiv,

How can he only hold a PPL? He must have instrument, multi, and complex ratings. He has type ratings on business jets, for crying out loud! Those are rather complex and do tend to have two engines. And if he's flying them anywhere I doubt it's VFR.

Does he only do the FO thing on the other jets, as well, similar to what he does with his 707?

I can't fathom him only holding a private and being able to fly all those planes.
 
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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 2:01 pm

Hollywood legend JOHN TRAVOLTA has spent over $84 million on a 440-seat jumbo jet, according to reports.

Trickijedi: I have no desire to get into an argument with you however if this is infact the quote you are referring too take a look at the word REPORTS. Are we just going to ignore the fact that John himself has no idea he has purchased a Boeing 747.
 
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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 2:16 pm

Saun3000

Being a PPL does not stop anyone gaining ratings whether they be intrument, multi or any number of type ratings. A CPL is only required when pilots want to fly for "hire or reward".
 
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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Fri Jul 12, 2002 3:26 pm

Duff:

I know that. But Jjbiv made it sound like Mr. Travolta ONLY held a private license and the bizjet type ratings, but no other ratings (instrument, multi/complex)

I was just wondering if that was what he meant and if so if Travolta was just doing the FO thing like he does in his 707.

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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Sat Jul 13, 2002 3:02 am

According to the FAA, Mr. JOHN JOSEPH TRAVOLTA holds the following:

Medical Class : First

Certificates

1 of 1

DOI : 03/27/1992
Certificate: PRIVATE PILOT

Rating(s):

PRIVATE PILOT
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE

Type Ratings

P/CE-500 P/G-1159 P/HS-125 P/LR-JET

Limits

CE-500 (VFR ONLY).

see: http://registry.faa.gov/amquery.asp

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RE: Travolta Is New Qantas First Officer And Buys 747

Sat Jul 13, 2002 4:14 am

OK, good, that's better. I didn't think he only heald a PPL with no ratings attached!