Here are the 'Aussie icon' names of Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliners

By David Flynn, June 21 2017

After a public competition to name the first eight members of the Qantas Boeing 787 fleet after 'Aussie icons', the airline has revealed which monikers made the cut.

And they are:

  • Dreamtime
  • Great Southern Land
  • Uluru
  • The Great Barrier Reef
  • Skippy
  • Quokka
  • Boomerang
  • Waltzing Matilda

Those names will be painted under the cockpit window of each aircraft.

Qantas hasn't revealed which name will be given to the very first red-tailed Boeing 787 until it arrives in October (our money is on Uluru or Dreamtime).

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Nov 2011

Total posts 328

Pretty much spot on I reckon, good choices. Waltzing Matilda to be the first.

28 May 2016

Total posts 128

I think the names are okay, certainly better than the likes of 'Vegemite', but Skippy and Waltzing Matilda really?

Etihad - Etihad Guest

02 Jul 2015

Total posts 17

Very disappointing that Planey McPlaneface didn't get over the line.

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

31 Oct 2016

Total posts 70

I recommended the aircraft be named 

Stevo 

Davo

Shazza

Bazza

Wazza

Jono

Marto

Mick 

They seemed pretty Aussie to me 

17 May 2012

Total posts 81

Very poor Qantas. You run a competition but don't reveal the results in order of vote!! No transparency, no accountability again. I'm one of 45,000 mugs who voted.

31 Mar 2014

Total posts 292

Who really cares? It was a bit of fun and public involvement. Not an election.

Asiana Airlines - Asiana Club

09 Feb 2017

Total posts 42

What happened to the AFR's suggested 'David Boon'?

29 Apr 2016

Total posts 2

what about Barnesy or Farnsy:)

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

31 Oct 2016

Total posts 70

They both would be a bad omen. 

It'd keep departing then having to return to the gate again and again for money. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Jun 2013

Total posts 28

Do you book Boomerang for return flights? ;)

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

22 Apr 2013

Total posts 147

Oh nice. That's not anywhere near as cringe-worthy as I expected them to be. That said, Skippy and Waltzing Matilda are borderline on the cringe-worthy scale, but passable ;-) 
I was hoping the aircraft were going to be named after native Australian birds ... starting with Emu and Cassowary

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

15 Mar 2016

Total posts 169

Nobody in their right mind would name a plane after something as terrifying as a cassowary! 

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

22 Apr 2013

Total posts 147

Why? What's wrong with naming an aeroplane after a large ungainly flightless bird? 😂😂😂

08 Oct 2011

Total posts 45

Because that bird cannot fly.  Not a good representation of a new aircraft, or any aircraft for the matter.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

22 Apr 2013

Total posts 147

Really? Do I really need to explain that I was being facetious? Oh man. 

12 Dec 2012

Total posts 938

The 737-400s were named after birds.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Jul 2016

Total posts 108

No true blue :(. Oh well, I guess that is the name of JetBlue's FF scheme.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Feb 2015

Total posts 91

Surely is Quokka first up.... FIrst non stop to London to Perth

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Jun 2015

Total posts 60

One for Mark Cosgrove and Mount Buffalo please!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Feb 2016

Total posts 28

I like Dreamtime

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

31 Oct 2016

Total posts 70

Be great if Dreamtime wears a Dreamtime Livery too!

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