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The First Flight (PREVIEW) - The Double Sunrise Flights
To view the film please go to: www.catalinadoco.com Description: In 1942 Singapore fell to the Japanese, and with it, the vital air route that delivered top secret air mail and VIP's between Britain and Australia. Sir Hudson Fysh of Qantas proposed to re-establish the air route, with Catalina flying boats travelling an almost impossible 32 hours non stop from Perth to Galle in the South of Ceylon. The flights were top secret and flew under the cover of darkness to avoid capture by the Japanese. Overloaded with fuel and hunted by the enemy, these flights would break the air blockade of Australia and help win the war. The crews would see two sunrises on their flight, later calling them, The Double Sunrise Flights. In total, 271 crossings were made across the Indian Ocean without any loss of life. A total of 858 passengers and 100 tonnes of mail had been flown for over 2 million kilometers. All across enemy territory, unarmed and without support. Feats still regarded today as some of the bravest in aviation history. As a result of the flights Qantas holds the record for the longest non-stop commercial flight. A record 32 hours and 9 minutes. Their record still stands today. Directed & Produced by: Daniel Bunker Story Told By: Rex Senior Narrated By: John McNeill
Qantas welcomes our fifth refitted B747-400 aircraft
Our fifth refitted B747-400 aircraft took to the skies this month. Refitted B747-400 aircraft are now operating on several routes including Brisbane -- Los Angeles; Sydney -- Dallas; Sydney -- Santiago, Brisbane -- Los Angeles; Brisbane -- Singapore; and Sydney -- Los Angeles -- New York. The Economy cabin features the award-winning seat featuring a unique footrest net and ergonomic cushioning, state-of-the-art Panasonic inflight entertainment system on larger personal touch screens with over 1,500 content selections, a self-service snack bar and the introduction of a more generous and intuitive inflight service experience. In Business, customers can enjoy the fully-flat Skybed, mood lighting and the new espresso coffee offering. All nine B747s will be in service by the end of this year.
Marketing, what would we have done without it? Here is a selection of Qantas and Australian Airlines commercials that have been used over the years.
Qantas (Australian ad, 1981)
Various Television commercials from Australia: This advertisement for Quantas was first broadcast on Australian television in the year 1981. ---------------------------------- Australian Television Advertisement Ad Commercial Early Eighties 1980's 1980s 80's 80s AustralianAds
Qantas Ad for the new 747-400 1989
This is a Qantas Airlines Ad for there New Beoing 747-400 serivce. In this ad Qantas is saying there is only one name for it and it was Longreach, as that is were the Airline Started. The ad was from 1989. This Video has been put on Youtube for Educational and Historical Purposes, if is a problem, I will remove the clip, Thank You.
Advert for Australian Airlines circa 1990 'you should see us now'
Advert for Australian Airlines circa 1990, features the tune 'you should see us now'. Originally Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA), the name Australian Airlines came into use in 1986. Qantas Airways purchased the company in September 1992 and the airline began operating as Qantas Airways in November 1993.