Qantas names plane after Australia’s cutest animal — the quokka

By AG Staff 21 June 2017
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The quokka isn’t just a cute animal, now it’s also the name of a new Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

QANTAS HAS REVEALED the names of their new aircraft fleet, which will consist of eight Boeing 787-9 dreamliners, 3 of which will go by the name of Waltzing Matilda, Boomerang and Quokka.

Qantas had to sort through over 60,000 name suggestions for the new aircrafts that will fly from Perth to London and from Melbourne to Los Angeles.

Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas said that there were so many entries that the company could have renamed the entire fleet of 208 aircraft.

“There were some clear favourites and it’s given us a good mix of names for our eight Dreamliners, from landmarks to native animals, literature and Indigenous heritage.

“We know people get a real sense of home when they see the flying kangaroo at airports around the world, and hopefully they’ll enjoy seeing these uniquely Australian names as well,” added Alan.

Once the finalists were announced over 45,000 votes were cast.

The finalists included:

  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Boomerang
  • Skippy
  • Waltzing Matilda
  • Uluru
  • Great Southern Land
  • Quokka
  • Dreamtime.

Qantas said that the names of each aircraft will be painted below the cockpit window.

The aircrafts are set to be delivered in October this year.

It’s been a good week for the quokka, with a tourist yesterday being fined $4000 for assaulting a quokka, one of Australia’s most valued marsupials, known for its happy demeanour.