Roo Tales - B747

Your behind the scenes access to Qantas, the airline and its people.

A Qantas love story

Jo and Andrew Marjason first met on a Qantas Boeing B747 flight from London on 23 February 1976 – that’s 40 years ago this month! In 1976, a Qantas flight from London to Sydney made two stops to refuel, flying from London to Bombay (now called Mumbai), to Perth and then on to Sydney. It […]

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Well hello, SFO

It’s almost 12,000 kilometres  from Sydney to San Francisco as the crow or in our case the Boeing 747-400 flies – a journey of 13 and a half  hours. But back when we launched our first trans-Pacific flight in May 1954 operating a Super Constellation from Sydney to San Fran (and onward to Vancouver) the […]

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That time when we strapped an extra engine on to a jumbo

Today’s QF63 from Sydney to Johannesburg took off with an extra passenger on board – a six tonne Rolls Royce engine. With its four powerful engines and distinctive upper deck, the Boeing 747 is instantly recognisable wherever it flies. What you might not know is that the 747 has the ability to carry a fifth engine, […]

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