QANTAS 747s: No Passport? No Problem.

Before the national carrier retires its iconic fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft, it will be operating a number of domestic services between November 2019 and February 2020, giving customers the opportunity to fly on the ‘Jumbo’ without the need for a passport.

“The Jumbo has a special place in the hearts of so many Australian travellers, and we love the idea of a final short-haul jaunt or two aboard these aircraft before they leave the fleet for good by the end of 2020”, said The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

The Boeing 747, also known as the Queen of the Skies, has been an integral part of the Qantas fleet for almost 50 years. If you’d like to grab a seat on one of the upcoming Qantas Boeing 747 domestic flights, these are the flight details you need:

  • 09 Nov 2019 SYD-BNE flight QF524
  • 23 Nov 2019 SYD-ADL flight QF743
  • 31 Dec 2019 SYD-MEL flight QF417
  • 15 Feb 2020 SYD-MEL flight QF439
  • 11 Nov 2019 BNE-SYD flight QF529
  • 25 Nov 2019 ADL-SYD flight QF736
  • 01 Jan 2020 MEL-SYD flight QF438
  • 17 Feb 2020 MEL-SYD flight QF400

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BA Celebrates Centenary With Retro Liveries

This announcement from British Airways is sure to send plane-fancier hearts aflutter.

As part of the airline’s centenary commemorations, British Airways has today announced it will be painting four of its aircraft in much-loved retro designs from its past—the first confirmed as a Boeing 747 in a British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) design.

This first aircraft will return to London Heathrow from the paint factory on 18 February ready to re-enter service the following day. Pleasingly, this coincides with the 50th anniversary of the first Boeing 747 flight only a few days earlier.

The 747 has been deliberately chosen for the BOAC livery as it is a later variant of the same aircraft type that adorned the design when it was initially in operation.

Three more aircraft will receive popular designs from British Airways’ past over the coming months with more details to be revealed in due course.

All four aircraft will fly British Airways’ routes, proudly showcasing some of the popular designs as part of the airline’s centenary celebrations.

“So many British Airways customers and colleagues have fond memories of our previous liveries, regularly sharing their photos from across the globe. It’s incredibly exciting to be re-introducing some classic designs, and what better place to start than the iconic BOAC livery”, said Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO.

The BOAC livery will remain on the Boeing 747 until it retires in 2023. By this time, British Airways will have retired the majority of its 747 fleet, replacing them with new state-of-the-art long-haul aircraft. This includes
taking delivery of 18 A350s and 12 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in the next four years.

“This is such a lovely way to commemorate British Airways’ 100th birthday”, says Sarah Bush, Director of The Travel Authority Group.

“We look forward to seeing this gorgeous old livery—and the three to come—take flight on aircraft across BA’s global network, and we wish them a very happy 100th birthday”, adds Sarah.

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