the national carrier of
have honoured three New Zealand Icons with the Naming of it new fleet which
will service the
Most airlines name aircraft after famous icons from their own country, so I see
this as a very clever move on the part of Qantas, by naming their Trans-Tasman aircraft
icons they may win over and appeal to more New Zealanders.
full media release from Qantas can be read below:
today officially welcomed the first of its new Boeing 737-800 aircraft into
service, and announced that it would be named in honour of pioneer aviatrix
following two new aircraft in the trans-Tasman fleet will be named after iconic
New Zealanders Sir William Hudson and Katherine Mansfield.
Regional General Manager New Zealand, Mr Grant Lilly, said
Qantas will have three of the new aircraft flying trans-Tasman routes by
mid-October, with the remainder to arrive by 2011.
“These new aircraft will become the flagship
of our trans-Tasman fleet. They are
registered and based, and will be operated by
crew. We believe it is only fitting to recognise this by naming these aircraft
after three truly great New Zealanders, who, in their individual fields, cemented
strong links between
pioneers also sought to bring the unique culture of
us here at Qantas, we like to think we also play a part in this. It is
undeniable that Jean Batten, Sir William Hudson and Katherine Mansfield, were
pioneers in exporting
Lilly said it was a privilege for him to present a plaque to relatives of both
Jean Batten and Sir William Hudson, and representatives of
commemorating the naming of the first three aircraft.
twenty-two relatives of the late Jean Batten here today as part of this
celebration, and also the daughter and grandson of the late Sir William Hudson,
and a representative of the Katherine Mansfield Society here in Auckland who
have taken up the very important cause of ensuring one of our greatest writers
receives the recognition she deserves, both here and abroad.
have come a very long way since Jean Batten broke her records, and we are
confident that our new fleet will showcase the best of modern onboard
technology and design.”
added that some of the features of the new aircraft include:
12-seat business class and 156-seat economy configuration
state-of-the-art Panasonic In-flight Entertainment on Demand system in both
business and economy with over 300 entertainment options
inch in arm touch screen in business
- 9 inch
seatback touch screen in economy
Newson styled seating design with a 22 inch width and 37 inch seat pitch in
business and a 17 inch width and 30 inch seat pitch in economy, ergonomic
cushions and adjustable headrest; and
- PC and
USB ports in both business and economy to facilitate computers, MP3 players and
The Qantas B737-800 will initially fly on
Auckland-Sydney and Auckland-Melbourne routes.
NOTES ON ICONIC NEW ZEALANDERS HONOURED WITH AIRCRAFT NAMING
Batten has become known as
growing in the 1930s, when the world was captivated by flight, as she continued
to break flying records around the world.
her achievements were breaking the England-Australia women’s record in 1934 and
completing the fastest flight from England to South America in 1935 – which was
also the fastest flight across the South Atlantic Ocean. In 1936 Batten set the
record for the fastest flight from
and her record remained unbroken for over 40 years. She was also the first
person to hold both the England-Australia and Australia-England solo flight
is delighted to bestow this honour unto Jean Batten, as recognition of her
great spirit of adventure, exploration and her role in pioneering trans-Tasman
WILLIAM HUDSON b1896-d1978
William Hudson, New Zealand born engineer, was the first Commissioner of the
Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Authority in
Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme was a major feat of engineering, and
became a benchmark for modern engineering infrastructure around the world.
Hudson himself was responsible for many of the engineering components, and he
is recognised as an integral figure in the building of post-war
many Australians, the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme is remembered
fondly as a place where they first became part of the Australian community. A
great many Australians came to work on the Scheme as post-war immigrants, and
Sir William Hudson is an important figure in the lives of many families.
is delighted to bestow this honour unto Sir William Hudson, in recognition of
his great contribution to engineering, technology and his place in trans-Tasman
Mansfield has become known as
recognised as a pioneer of the modern short story.
before undertaking further education in
first works were published in the Australian periodical The Native Companion,
in 1907, creating a link between
we now celebrate today.
later work, for which she is most famous, includes the short-story collection Bliss
and Other Stories, and her final work The Garden Party and Other Stories.
This collection was published a few weeks after her death in