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ClassicLover
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Happy 85th Birthday Qantas!

Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:06 am

It's 16 November in Australia, and that means it's officially Qantas' 85th anniversary!  bouncy 

Happy Birthday to Qantas!

Some bits and pieces about Qantas -

* Flying boats were introduced in 1938, connecting Southampton and Sydney in a mere 10 days!

* The Kangaroo symbol first appeared in 1944.

* Became an around-the-world airline in 1958, when two Super Constellations were dispatched - one eastbound and one westbound around the world.

* First airline outside the USA to fly the Boeing 707, with the first Boeing 707-138 being delivered in July 1959.

* Held off on delivery of the Boeing 747 until the more powerful Boeing 747B was available, and thus took delivery in 1971.

* Had production deposits on the Boeing 2707 and the Concorde, but both never appeared in Qantas livery.

* The worlds only all Boeing 747 airline from 1979 to 1985, with a mix of 747-238Bs, 747-238B Combis, and 747-38SP.

* Merged with the domestic government owned airline TAA / Australian Airlines in 1993.

http://www.qantas.com.au/info/about/company/85thbirthday?lk=prau

Cheers,

Trent.
I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
 
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RE: Happy 85th Birthday Qantas!

Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:20 am

Congratulations QANTAS!
May you have another 85 years of safe air travel.
 
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RE: Happy 85th Birthday Qantas!

Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:25 am

Well done Qantas!  champagne 

Quoting A390 (Reply 1):
May you have another 85 years of safe air travel.

Well said!  Smile

Hope you continue to rule the Australian skies for years to come!  Smile

Rob!  wave 
 
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RE: Happy 85th Birthday Qantas!

Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:27 am

Gratulerar till 85 år i luften, QANTAS!!!

XXXXX

Micke//SE  birthday   champagne 
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RE: Happy 85th Birthday Qantas!

Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:39 am

Congratulations QANTAS  Smile


I still remember those ' "I hate QANTAS"-poor-longsuffering-koala' TV ads on CTV especially through the 1970s. Apparently one of the worldwide classics in the history of the biz:

http://www.tvacres.com/bears_koala_qantas.htm
http://www.globeinvestor.com/servlet...rint/BWIRE/20050527/20050527005407
 
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RE: Happy 85th Birthday Qantas!

Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:46 am

Congratulations Qantas! - Paljon onnea Qantas! (=in Finnish)

And thanks for many, many unforgettable experiences onboard!

Best regards,
LordHowe
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RE: Happy 85th Birthday Qantas!

Wed Nov 16, 2005 2:06 am

How could I forget....

* Qantas was the first airline to introduce Business Class in 1979!

To date, I've never had a bad experience flying them. I was trying to find a picture on the net of the Captain Cook Lounges from upstairs in the 747s when they were first put into service, but had no luck. Bugger!

Trent.
I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!