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Qantas “celebrates” All Blacks win

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 2, 2015

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.

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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.

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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)

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5 Comments

  • Red Barron

    says:

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

  • Mal

    says:

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

  • Ray E

    says:

    What flights did they wear the All Black jerseys on?

  • 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.

  • Tom O

    says:

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

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