Australian Capital Territory
13 Aug 2017
All the times I’ve packed and left for a long trip, you’d think it would be routine. But every time, I feel a pang as I walk out the door and into the often soul-less world of travel.
Our trip to Greece was no exception. Once the Uber dropped us off at Canberra Airport, we had about thirty-six hours sealed inside aircraft, air terminals, and buses, trapped on a travelator. All of it in Economy seats, with no lounge access.
So it was a small joy to see a touch of quirk. Our first leg was Qantas, Canberra to Melbourne, and here was the Qantas Boeing painted to look like a jetliner of a bygone age. When Qantas took delivery of their first jet aircraft, a Boeing 707, in 1959, I was a child, and air travel was reserved for the rich and famous, pretty much.
As a salute to 95 years of operation, Qantas had taken one of their current fleet of Boeings and painted it in that same livery. Still fitted out with all the modern conveniences inside, but from the outside, it was a welcome touch of whimsy.
We stepped aboard our flight to Melbourne with smiles on our faces. In a day and a half, we’d be zombies struggling to stay awake, but for now, we were good and the world was our oyster.
I’ve seen a few “special livery” airliners. Air New Zealand does some rippers, with scenes for Lord of the Rings on the side. What ones stick in your mind?