I love the fact that Qantas names their planes. It is a custom that dates back to the very first small planes that bore the Qantas name back in the 1920s. For their new 787 Dreamliners, Qantas invited the public to participate. A risky move after the UK got names for polar research ship vessel of Boaty Mcboatface.
60,000 suggestions were sent to Qantas and then 45,000 votes were cast to choose the eight names which are here in alphabetical order:
- Boomerang- an aboriginal hunting weapon
- Dreamtime- the Aboriginal understanding of creation
- Great Barrier Reef
- Great Southern Land
- Quokka -a small marsupial, found on some small islands off the coast of Western Australia. Related to the Kangaroo and Wallaby, the cat-sized Quokka was voted the “world’s happiest animal“.
- Skippy- nickname for Kangaroo
- Uluru – the Spiritual heart of Australia
- Waltzing Matilda -Australia’s unofficial anthem
The names will be painted beneath the cockpit window on each aircraft as the planes are delivered from October this year.
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