Qantas’ factory fresh Boeing 737-800 painted in Qantas Retro Livery touched down for the first time today in Australia, and we have setup a gallery of the airlines official media shots.
The aircraft that is named after former Qantas CEO James Strong is painted in livery of 1970s era Boeing 747 aircraft and will go into service on domestic routes next week.
Qantas Airways CEO Alan Joyce joined past and present staff and executives, Boeing executives and other guests to welcome the aircraft after it was given a water cannon salute from Air Services Australia.
“Seeing this brand new aircraft in classic livery inspires a real sense of pride in all that Qantas and its people have achieved,” said Mr Joyce.
“For 70 years this familiar kangaroo on the tail has represented not just our airline but also the best of Australia and a sense of home for those who have seen it at airports around the world.
“We are especially proud to name this aircraft after our friend and former CEO, James Strong. James was instrumental in the making of the modern Qantas, including the merger with Australian Airlines. James was an exceptional leader and this aircraft represents his love of innovation and his respect for the past.”