Member since 05 Aug 2017
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Saw in the news review on QF9 that AJ was on the inaugural flight. Respect - I must say. You donât see an airline CEO too often amongst the public flying on commercial flights.
Was anyone able to walk up and have a chat with him?
I wonder how he flew back to Sydney - QF2 in First or private jet?
Thanks for your comments
Member since 30 Aug 2013
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A bodyguard lolololol. He's an airline executive, not Beyonce. I imagine his Chief of Staff or PA would have travelled with him to intervene if pax lingered too long but most pax would have had very little interest in talking to him unless he actually went row to row introducing himself.
Member since 19 Apr 2012
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AJ was on a flight was on to Singapore a month or so ago (he was in Business class), and interestingly (according to the flight crew) his entourage all flew economy. He has even been know to help in food service to get to say hello to passengers, and at other times wanders around to chat, but not on my flight. Even airline execs do have to fly for work. He does quite often and I think he has been on all inaugural flights, it is part of their job, and being a gregarious type he likes to chat, and according to the crew is an aviation nut. I doubt if Qantas has a private jet - not a good look.
Member since 07 Oct 2012
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Out of curiosity, how do you think AJ flies around normally?
Like most modern-day executives I imagine he would travel in a way that is both efficient and cost effective. He, nor Qantas would splurge for a private jet. I imagine he would have been perfectly happy in either QF A380 F or even a compeditors J.
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Member since 15 Aug 2017
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I was onboard and there was Security in the transit lounge (with all the cream pies around) but onboard he was amongst “friends” so to speak. I must say he roamed the cabin all classes and was quite approachable and willing to chat with the punters.
He also did a PA before landing thanking the tech crew and cabin crew efforts as well as those who have been working on the flight for the last couple of years.
Others I seen onboard were Anthony Albanese, GT, WA premier. Wa tourism minister, federal transport minister, Qantas PR Amanda, Neil Perry & wife.
In terms of TV and media most high profile I seen was CNN Richard Quest as well as a contingent of media who took up most of the W cabin.
Tech crew Including Lisa Norman roamed the cabins and spoke to the punters about all the tech stuff.
Member since 23 Dec 2017
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He flew with his partner Shane, not an entourage of security guards!
Member since 02 Sep 2015
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AJ is a regular flying on QF flights and I heard a great anecdote of a difficult passenger in economy claiming to be a close friend of AJ without realising he was onboard. Of course when AJ came down to the passenger, he had no idea who the guy was.
Member since 13 May 2016
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AJ was in seat 3a
Thanks everyone. No need to down-like the post. Wasn’t aware that airline CEOs seem to mix up with crowds and fly even economy (read on quota “do airline CEOs fly commercial?”) - respect to AJ for doing this.
Member since 28 Oct 2011
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I'm not surprised - UA execs would be scared of the reactions of many of their passengers!
Could there be a poorer reflection on an airline, than the CEO not flying the product?
Member since 28 Mar 2018
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I was on a flight with James Strong. He was in a windowless economy class seat on a 737. I spoke to him briefly and he said he asked for the least desirable seat so that paying passengers would not be disappointed. Classy.
Member since 15 Feb 2018
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Well done AJ. I hope that many of his criticisers have read this post.
Member since 21 Mar 2017
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I used to be cabin crew for wee ol Virgin Blue. The then CEO Brett Godfrey only flew economy and helped us crew clean the aircraft on turn arounds. I had Branson on once travelling for personal reasons and he introduced himself to every single passenger and shook their hands. I think it’s a done thing and is a gorgeous gesture
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