This brief Twitter exchange between the official Virgin Australia and Qantas Twitter accounts on Tuesday night shows that there is no love lost between Australia’s major airlines.
In fact, as Twitter user @PeterLoh was quick to point out, Qantas was in fact established in Winton.
“In the words of (founding chairman Sir Fergus) McMaster, Winton was `the official birthplace of Qantas’,” the Qantas history on the airline’s website records. “The first and only meeting of directors in the town was held on 10 February 1921. Qantas operations were then moved 160km south-east to Longreach, which was more central to the operational area.”
But this is hardly the first time the facts haven’t been allowed to get in the way of a stoush on Twitter…