“This aircraft will be flying across Australia and around the globe, showing the support that Australia has for its football team,” said Qantas CEO Alan Joyce. “This Boeing 747-400 will carry the team to the World Cup next year and we will be making sure the team arrive in South Africa rested and ready to take on their opponents.”
The Boeing 747 spent a week in the Qantas hangar for the new decal to be applied. It was scheduled to operate QF63 from Sydney to Johannesburg at 11.00am on October 23.
Qantas is the naming rights sponsor of the Socceroos, and has committed its sponsorship out to March 2012.