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Top Gun: Maverick most watched film on Qantas

written by Adam Thorn | December 22, 2022

The sequel to Top Gun was the most-watched film on board Qantas flights in 2022.

Despite only being released to passengers in September, Maverick was viewed more than 750,000 times.

The film would have been played onboard aircraft such as the A380 and 787-9 – getting customers in the mood to fly with Tom Cruise on his F/A-18E Super Hornet.

Globally, the film was the most successful of the year, taking almost $1.5 billion at the box office.


Its surprisingly strong performance made it Tom Cruise’s highest-grossing film, and the 11th most successful of all-time by box office receipts.

It also became a critical smash, averaging 96 per cent among reviewers on the aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.

The original Top Gun was released in 1986, but the sequel took the action forward more than 30 years. Tom Cruise returned as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell alongside A-listers Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly and Jon Hamm.

The film was due to hit cinemas in 2020 but, much like the wider aviation industry, found its release pushed back almost two years into May 2022.

Second place in Qantas’ charts was Bond film No Time to Die, followed by The Lost City, Bullet Train and House of Gucci.

“Flying high in the TV show ratings was Succession with more than 243,000 hours watched onboard, closely followed by the Sex and the City revival And Just Like That and Yellowstone prequel 1883 with around 200,000 hours of each series watched,” said Qantas.

“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills topped the reality TV show list, followed closely by Grand Designs Australia.”

The end-of-year news comes after Australian Aviation reported earlier this week how Qantas Freight is heading for its best-ever month in December despite lockdowns having long ended nationwide.

The airline said its network would carry 40,000 tonnes to domestic, regional and international cities, an increase from the same month last year.

Qantas’ executive manager for freight, Catriona Larritt, revealed the business had seen “huge increases in online shopping” since the start of the pandemic.

“In the last few weeks of December, many people super-charge their online shopping sprees to take advantage of door-to-door express deliveries for themselves as well as gifts for family and friends,” she said.

“In the busiest days leading up to Christmas, we’ll carry around 1,200 tonnes of cargo, around double our daily average amount across our freight fleet and in the belly of passenger flights.

“Our domestic services alone will be moving up to 650 tonnes on the busiest nights to help with Santa’s deliveries, equivalent to around 1.3 million iPads.”

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