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Vegemite makes cut for Qantas but where’s Boon?

June 5, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

The name Vegemite has made it onto the Qantas shortlist of names to appear on the airline’s new fleet of B787 Dreamliners. So have the names Jumbuck and Quokka – there are surprises as well as a few omissions.

David Boon has missed out, despite strong popular support. Qantas seems to have answered the question raised in our recent headline: Will Qantas immortalise an in-flight drinking legend?

Aer Lingus suggestion for Qantas: Planey McPlaneface

Former test cricketer Boonie is renowned for a legendary, though disputed, in-flight drinking feat. But he’s not on the shortlist.

Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce said more than 10,000 submissions were sent to the airline and each entry included an average of four different names for a total of more than 40,000 suggestions.

“There were so many great entries that truly reflected the spirit of Australia and we’re thrilled with the response,” Joyce said.

“It was obvious that people really put some thought into different themes we could use to name our fleet of eight new Dreamliners including famous explorers to some of their favourite Aussie sayings.

“And it’s fair to say there were a few suggestions which we found very funny but probably not suitable for an aircraft that will be flying around the globe,” he added.

The public will now have the opportunity to vote on what they think the final eight names should be by visiting www.qantas.com/nameourdreamliners with the eight announced in the coming week.

Names on the shortlist are:

Boomerang
Cooee
Don Bradman
Dreamtime
Evonne Goolagong
Fred Hollows
Great Barrier Reef
Great Ocean Road
Great Southern Land
Jillaroo
Joan Sutherland
Jumbuck
Kokoda
Kookaburra
Quokka
Skippy
True Blue
Uluru
Vegemite
Waltzing Matilda

Nothing particularly startling or scintillating there, some feel. Suggestions that somehow disappeared or failed to gain enough support included David Boon, Anzac, Planey McPlaneface (Aer Lingus liked that one), Kookaburra and Slim Dusty. And what happened to Stone the Crows Mate, and Fair Crack of the Whip Sport? Were they ever there at all?

Qantas will bestow the winning names on its new B787-9 Dreamliners, to be deployed initially on the Melbourne-Los Angeles route and then on the Perth-London Heathrow nonstop run from March 2018.

Written by Peter Needham

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