Qantas “celebrates” All Blacks win

Qantas staff with their All Blacks jerseys on Monday. (Qantas/Air NZ, Twitter)

Qantas has found out the hard way what happens when you bet against the All Blacks.

As a sponsor of the Wallabies, the Flying Kangaroo had little choice but to put its money where its mouth when in the lead up to the Rugby World Cup final a friendly wager was struck with Air New Zealand.

However, Qantas has paid a price for its loyalty to the Australian rugby team, after the All Blacks successfully defended their title at Twickenham on Sunday with a 34-17 win over a gallant Wallabies.

In the lead up to the big game, some friendly banter between Qantas and Air NZ social media teams led to the two airlines agreeing to a bet.

Initial thoughts were for a change of aircraft livery.

An artist's impression of a Qantas aircraft in All Blacks livery. (Qantas/Air NZ, Twitter)
An artist’s impression of a Qantas aircraft in All Blacks livery. (Qantas/Air NZ, Twitter)
An artist's impression of an Air NZ aircraft in Wallabies livery. (Qantas/Air NZ, Twitter)
An artist’s impression of an Air NZ aircraft in Wallabies livery. (Qantas/Air NZ, Twitter)

Eventually sanity, or financial considerations, prevailed and the terms of the wager were decided – crews of the losing carrier had to wear the winning nation’s jersey on board.

And that is what occurred on Monday, when Qantas crews received their new uniforms from their counterparts at Air NZ.

Air NZ was gracious in victory.

Qantas cabin crew get a look at a new uniform. (Qantas/Air NZ, Twitter)
Qantas cabin crew get a look at a new uniform. (Qantas/Air NZ, Twitter)
Even the flight deck was involved. (Qantas/Air NZ, Twitter)
Even the flight deck was involved. (Qantas/Air NZ, Twitter)

Comments

  1. Red Barron says

    Well done both airlines. A good fun event for staff and passengers. Goes to show we take things too seriously sometimes.

  2. Mal says

    Good job Qantas for following through. All good friendly fun and well received by the press and passengers.

  3. Alan says

    They wore the jerseys on QF143 from Sydney to Auckland today.

    Good on both airlines for getting into the spirit of the game.

  4. Tom O says

    Looks like another 4 years of All Black reruns on the Air NZ in flight entertainment systems…drives me crazy