Qantas has unveiled its entry into the increasingly competitive battle to produce the most entertaining safety video, with a lavish look behind its 100-year history.
The light-hearted film features footage from the Qantas Founders Museum’s Avro 504K replica aircraft, 1919 Model T Ford and its 1922 National Heritage-Listed hangar – alongside ’70s moustaches and ’80s mullets.
Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce said, “This safety video is a look back at the different styles of aircraft, service and uniforms that have been part of our long history.
“And it calls out the contribution Qantas and its people have made to aviation, like the invention of the slide raft, as well as the national carrier’s role in connecting Australia to the world.
“It’s really a tribute to a century of our people, the changing styles, and our innovation. The one thing that has never changed is our commitment to safety.”
Some of the scenes and aircraft were recreated digitally, such as the original Avro 504 and the 1930s De Havilland 86, but the stars of the show came from the Qantas Founders Museum.
Museum CEO Tony Martin said it was an honour for its artefacts to be included in the film, especially as the airline celebrates its centenary in November.
He said, “Our museum is dedicated to telling the story of Qantas from its early days in outback Queensland to the present day, and we are delighted that Qantas has paid homage to its founding years in the central western Queensland region in its new safety video.
“It was a great experience to be a part of the filming of this video and we are thrilled that millions of Qantas passengers will not only learn about the extraordinary history of Qantas and its people but also about our museum and see some of our many precious artefacts.”
The new safety video will screen onboard all Qantas international and domestic flights from 1 March 2020.