Podcast #41: Farewell to the Queen of the Skies

Podcast #41: Farewell to the Queen of the Skies
The Qantas 747 flies over Canberra on its last ever passenger flight

This week, Australia said farewell to a national icon. Over the past 49 years, Qantas has operated almost every variant of the Boeing 747 in existence. In fact, the flying kangaroo was once an all-747 airline. Now, the queen of the skies has been placed into early retirement in the Mojave desert.

The iconic Boeing 747 has set records, made travel affordable for more people, and transported millions of passengers to destinations all over the world. This includes everyone from Olympic athletes to stranded Australians returning home from disaster epicentres – many years ago from Darwin after Cyclone Tracy, and most recently from Wuhan.

Despite the current pandemic, Qantas has managed to put on three excellent final joy flights in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra for fans of the Boeing 747. In Episode 41 of the AFF on AIR podcast, Matt speaks to some of the passengers that were on board the last ever Qantas 747 passenger flight out of Canberra on 17 July 2020.

VH-OEJ at Canberra Airport
VH-OEJ at Canberra Airport

Also in this episode, Matt provides an update on the Qantas Oneworld Classic Flight Reward and explains how to use Qantas points to fly around the world.

Listen now to AFF on AIR Episode 41: “Farewell to the Queen of the Skies”

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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

You can contact Matt at [email protected]


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