Qantas Celebrates 95th Anniversary With New Special-Liveried Jet

Australian carrier Qantas celebrated 95 years of flying this week with the unveiling of a new vintage-liveried jet in Sydney.


Adorning one of the airline’s narrow-bodied Boeing 737-800 jets (registered VH-VXQ), the Retro Roo II design recalls Qantas’ Boeing 707 aircraft from 1959 to 1961. Presented before a group of over 300 employees, Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce paid tribute to the airline’s achievements during that period.


As the first international operator of the groundbreaking intercontinental jet, Qantas was the first airline to use it on regular transpacific passenger flights between Sydney and San Francisco. The B707 also allowed it to offer the world’s first round-the-world jet service in just 70 hours.


Retro Roo II is the second Qantas B737 aircraft in vintage livery, following the launch of Retro Roo I with the 1971-1984 livery last November. The jet will continue to operate flights between major Australian cities, including Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, bringing the livery around the country.


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