Qantas Marks Anniversary With Special Liveried Jet

Qantas’ celebrates its 94th anniversary in style with the delivery of its first “retro” painted aircraft.


The airline’s 75th Boeing 737-800 arrived in Sydney from the Boeing factory in Seattle, with staff members, media and its most loyal customer, 82-year old John Martin, who has flown on 958 revenue flights since July 1964. Named after former Qantas Chief Executive Officer, the late James Strong, the jet was welcomed at the Qantas JetBase at Kingsford Smith International Airport by his wife Jean-Claude and son Nicholas, as well as staff led by current Chief Executive Alan Joyce.


In a tribute to the airline’s heritage, the aircraft proudly wears the flying kangaroo on the tail and an ochre cheatline along the passenger windows, signature elements of the original livery that graced its jets between 1971 and 1984. In contrast to today’s white and red colour scheme, the underside of the fuselage is painted in grey reminiscent to the metallic undercarriage of the fleet then.


The “RetroRoo” is expected to join the fleet from 22 November 2014 and will be used primarily on domestic and trans-Tasman services, most notably routes to and from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.


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