1 DECEMBER 2014
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Qantas has gone retro. Celebrating 94 years the former Queensland and Northern Territory Ariel Services is putting into operation a Boeing 737-800 (VH-XZP), the 75th of the aircraft type, and named after its former CEO James Strong, who passed away in 2013. It is the 11th new Boeing aircraft that the Qantas Group has taken delivery of this year.
The original livery dressed jets flew from 1971 to 1984, including Qantas’ first Boeing 747 jumbo jet. The tail includes the iconic winged kangaroo, which was adapted from the 1947 version designed by Gert Sellheim.
The Boeing 737 Classic was introduced into Australia with Australian Airlines in August 1986. Both the 737-300 and -400 became a mainstay of the Qantas domestic fleet following the Qantas-Australian Airlines merger in 1992-93. The current 737-800 is a two-cabin aircraft with 12 Business Class and 156 in Economy. www.qantas.com
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