BD1959
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Qantas - Time For A New Theme Song?

Tue Jul 01, 2003 1:59 pm

Recently trundling into the International Terminal at Sydney, the on-board PA broke into the dulcet tones of the QANTAS "theme" - the adulterated version of Peter Allen's classic.

Given that QF now no longer fly to 2 of the 3 cities "that never close down" - and only recently flew to one of those briefly, aren't QANTAS embarrassed by this irony?

What should QANTAS new theme song be?

I vote for The Monkees' "Regional Girl" !!!

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RE: Qantas - Time For A New Theme Song?

Tue Jul 01, 2003 2:07 pm

Well, the lyrics are:

"I've been to cities that never close down,
from New York, to Rio and old London town....."

QF107 and QF1/9/31 still operate to New York and London!
Personally I still like the song, and I think it suits the image Qantas is trying to portray.

(edited to change QF32 to QF31)

[Edited 2003-07-01 07:08:03]
 
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RE: Qantas - Time For A New Theme Song?

Tue Jul 01, 2003 2:21 pm

My apologies AJ - for some reason I thought NY had been suspended. This thread was really a dig aimed at the fact that QANTAS changed the wording of the song from Rio to Rome to fit in with their network and are shrinking back from being a major international player to a major regional player.

I really loved this song (and if you get a chance to see Boy From Oz there's a great send-up of the QANTAS treatment) - but I really think it's now run its course.

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RE: Qantas - Time For A New Theme Song?

Tue Jul 01, 2003 2:37 pm

I think QANTAS could do with a new theme song. This one is kinda old and boring in my opinion. They really need to produce better tv commercials too- the current one with the kids singing sux. I like their old commercials from the early-mid 90's better which used to focus more on the planes and airport scenes.
 
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RE: Qantas - Time For A New Theme Song?

Tue Jul 01, 2003 3:47 pm

I hope they don't change it. I love hearing it when I go to Australia or New Zealand. Its one of those songs that brings back wonderful, exciting feelings whenever I hear it.
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RE: Qantas - Time For A New Theme Song?

Tue Jul 01, 2003 6:54 pm

hm...i really like the song. And it seems to always bring tears to the australians who live outside australia (for example, read the book Almost French by Australian expat in Paris, Sarah Turnbull). so it has great emotional impact.
 
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RE: Qantas - Time For A New Theme Song?

Tue Jul 01, 2003 7:24 pm

Please expand on your comment that Qantas are shrinking. Yes they recently dropped Rome because they were not making profits however they are expanding services to the US. It is just a case of deploying your assets to make the best return.

Qantas will never be able to offer the same number of European destinations as the Asian and Arab airlines simply because Australia is at the end of the line and QF can't operate a hub operation to make secondary European destinations viable.
 
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RE: Qantas - Time For A New Theme Song?

Wed Jul 02, 2003 1:14 am

Speaking of the JFK-LAX-SYD run on Qantas, can you be ticketed on JFK-LAX on QF.
I know that on the SVO-JFK-IAD run on JFK you can't be ticketed on JFK-IAD..anyone know the reason for this, and the gate is not in a special zone taht is only for international
What now?
 
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RE: Qantas - Time For A New Theme Song?

Wed Jul 02, 2003 3:03 am

last time I heard, QF has no cabotage on the JFK LAX route. So, just through pax. dont know if this has recently changed tho (will be surprising).
 
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RE: Qantas - Time For A New Theme Song?

Wed Jul 02, 2003 10:26 pm

I dont think that QF should change their song, maybe give it a rejig like Telstra has done with "I am Australian".

If QF did change their song (which will never happen) i think that they should buy the rights to "i am Australian" when telstra is finished with it. I was expecting the song to be AO's theme song.

Both ' I am Australian ' & ' i still call Australia home ' are able to give goosebumps to most australians when sung properly
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RE: Qantas - Time For A New Theme Song?

Mon Jul 07, 2003 8:24 pm

I have a grainy copy of the original "I still call Australia home" ad (with Kate Cerebrano, et al.) My eyes have welled up more than once--and I've been magically drawn to Qantas.com more tha once after watching the ad. (I haven't been back to Australia in more than 12 years).

The ad is effective, patriotic, and beautiful. The ads with the choir are unique in their own right, but less rousing than the original.