Qantas have announced that they will fly the
entire audience from America for the Oprah Winfrey Show in Australia on board
one of their Qantas A380 Aircraft.
The full media release from Qantas can be read
QANTAS TO FLY THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW
AUDIENCE TO AUSTRALIA
SYDNEY, 14 September 2010: Qantas announced today it would fly the
entire audience of The Oprah Winfrey Show to Australia in December.
Speaking at a media conference in Sydney today, Qantas Chief Executive
Officer, Mr Alan Joyce, said this was a fantastic opportunity for Qantas and
the Australian tourism industry.
“The Oprah Winfrey show has a
world-wide audience across 145 countries and we are delighted to partner with
Tourism Australia on this amazing opportunity to showcase the best Australia
has to offer,” Mr Joyce said.
“Qantas is an enthusiastic
supporter of the Australian tourism industry spending millions of dollars a year
to promote Australia.
“As Australia’s national
carrier we look forward to flying the “Oprah” show correspondents and over 300
of Oprah’s most loyal viewers to Australia on our fleet which includes
B747-400s and the award winning A380 aircraft.”
Qantas Ambassador-at-Large and Hollywood superstar, Mr John Travolta,
joined Ms Winfrey on her season premiere episode to make the surprise
announcement to the audience.
Mr Travolta said he was thrilled that Ms Winfrey’s audience would fly to
Australia with Qantas. “As part of the Qantas team I am delighted the audience
will have the opportunity to travel on the award-winning Qantas A380”, Mr
“Qantas is renowned around the
world for its exceptional service, outstanding inflight cuisine, award winning wine
list and stylish, comfortable cabins.”
Mr Joyce said more than 550,000 passengers have flown on the A380 since
it entered service in
2008, and customer feedback about the aircraft has been outstanding. It
has won several awards for
its Marc Newson-designed onboard product, including the Chicago
Athenaeum Good Design™ Award for its First Class suite and the Australian
International Design Award of the Year for its Economy seat. Six Qantas A380s
are currently in service. A seventh aircraft will arrive later this year, with
the fleet growing to 12 by mid-2011, and to 20 in 2015/16.
Qantas operates up to 45 return services per week between Australia and
the United States using A380 and B747-400 aircraft. The Qantas A380 flies daily
from Sydney to Los Angeles and three times per week Melbourne to Los Angeles.
John Travolta has been a Qantas Ambassador-at-Large since 2002, and over
the years has undertaken a number of activities associated with the airline,
including the Spirit of Friendship Tour piloting his own Qantas Boeing 707; the
launch of Qantas’ inaugural A380 flight between Australia and Los Angeles and,
most recently, he attended the Qantas Australian Grand