9 MARCH 2020
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Flying boats from the 1940s, moustaches from the 1970s and mullets from the 1980s have returned to star in a new safety video from Qantas celebrating the Australian flag carrier’s 100 years of operation.
The briefing, which also brings in propeller aircraft from the 1920s, is delivered by current Qantas crew in recreated historical settings, including on board aircraft and in airport terminals.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said making the safety screenings interesting was a good way to keep passengers’ attention on a vital aspect of flying even after they had heard the message multiple times.
He added: “This video is a look back at our long history and a tribute to the contribution Qantas and its people have made to aviation, like the invention of the slide raft, as well as our role in connecting Australia to the world.”
The video features aircraft, fashion and aviation milestones from the 1920s to present. Some scenes were recreated in real life, others such as the original Avro 504 and 1930s’ De Havilland 86 brought back using computer-generated imagery.
Current Qantas staff appear in historical versions of their present-day roles, with Alastair Fysh, grandson of Qantas co-founder Sir Hudson Fysh, also making a cameo appearance.
To watch the video www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLq8if1nkTM
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Roy Bickley, United States/New York
An excellent presentation, well done.
Norman Bartlett, Chelmsford
This would be so much better without the irritating and unpleasant background music. It would also be more effective to hear the dialogue without the horrid sounds masking the words.