Starting today, Qantas is calling on us to suggest names for the airline’s fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
Qantas will operate the longest Dreamliner flight flying nonstop from Perth to London, a distance of more than 14,000 kilometres and a flying time of around 17 hour.
The first 787 is due to arrive in October with four of the aircraft to be in service by March next year to operate flights from Melbourne to London via Perth and Melbourne to Los Angeles.
Suggestions for the names can be “people, places or things, so long as they reflect the true Spirit of Australia”, according to the ‘flying kangaroo’ CEO, Alan Joyce.
“Whether it’s a notable person, a ground breaking invention, a saying, or a landmark – we want eight icons that, together, reflect the depth and breadth of this place we all call home,” he said.
Australians will be able to enter up to eight different names, one for each of the 787s, via a dedicated page on qantas.com with entries to close on Friday 26 May.
A shortlist of 24 will then be released with the public asked to vote for their favourites before the final eight are revealed.
To suggest names for the new fleet visit www.qantas.com/nameourdreamliners
And just to get your creative juices flowing, here are Qantas’ aircraft types and historic naming conventions:
Boeing 707 and 747 – Australian capital cities and major centres
Boeing 737-400 – Australian birds
Boeing 737-800 – Australian towns
Airbus A380 – Australian aviation pioneers.