Qantas Drought Relief
Date Posted: 16/10/2018
Less than one week to go until Flight QF1360 departs Sydney Airport bound for Longreach, but this flight isn’t like any other regional flight between these two destinations. Qantas have organised a once off charity flight to help support the struggling farmers, their families and their communities who are currently battling through severe drought in regional New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. The flight is all centred around an outback theme, with passengers encouraged to wear an outfit on board that resonates with the bush. So, get out your flannelette shirts and your Akubra or perhaps you might have to track down your kangaroo onesie, everyone as one of those…… don’t they?
Qantas previously operated a ‘Retro Roo’ charity flight to Longreach back in 2015 which saw the airline raising over $115,000 for the Queensland Drought Appeal.
A limited number of tickets were released for sale in August, with all the tickets purchased within a day of being released, with many aviation enthusiast missing out on their tickets. A return ticket to Longreach on this fundraising flight was AUD $770, equaling the equivalent of seven large hay bales, that in turn will feed more than 70 cows for three weeks.
Each ticket purchased provides entry to the much loved Qantas Founders Museum where guests can experience firsthand the original and replica aircrafts on display at the museum such as the Qantas Boeing 707, Boeing 747 as well as the newly restored Lockheed Super Constellation ‘Connie’ which is now on display. The museum also has an impressive collection of Qantas artefacts on display.
Prior to departure all passengers travelling on flight QF1360 to Longreach are invited to join in on a champagne brunch in the Sydney Domestic Business Lounge, located opposite Gate 3 in the Domestic Terminal (T3).
A special sunset bush BBQ will be offered to passengers at the iconic heritage listed Longreach Qantas Hangar with entertainment provided onsite by local country musicians.
Entertainment will be provided throughout the day, rumoured to be starting off with Daryl Braithwaite playing in the Qantas Business Lounge prior to departure along with local musicians playing at Longreach during the Aussie BBQ.
Throughout the flight special guests will be on board including Qantas Domestic CEO Andrew David, Rural Aid CEO Charles Alder and Channel 7 Sports Editor Jim Wilson who will be the host and MC for the day.
Throughout the flight to Longreach inflight auctions will be conducted, passengers are able to name the price they are willing to pay on some incredible items such as holidays and historic aviation memorabilia. The full list of items that will be up for auction are below, there are some incredible items up for grabs.
On Board Auction Listings:
- The “Accor Ultimate Indulgence”. (Valued at $3,000)This ultimate Accor package allows the recipient to experience the benefits of AccorPlus membership along with overnight stays in some of the brands most premium hotels around the country. The package includes the following items.
- Accor Plus (1 year AccorPlus membership)
- Swissotel Sydney CBD (2 nights of accommodation and complimentary breakfast for two guests)
- Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour (1 night of accommodation and complimentary breakfast for two guests)
- Sofitel Melbourne on Collins (1 night of accommodation in a classic room)
- Sofitel Sydney Wentworth (1 night of accommodation in a superior room plus complimentary breakfast for two)
- Novotel Brisbane South Bank (1 night of accommodation in a superior room plus complimentary breakfast for two)
- First Class lunch with Qantas Dreamliner Captain Lisa Norman
Enjoy this once of a lifetime experience in the Qantas First Class lounge with Qantas Dreamliner Captain Lisa Norman and enjoy a private lunch while sitting in luxury. You and a friend can hear all the stories from the cockpit of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, and hear first-hand the feeling of flying into London on the inaugural flight earlier this year.
- Getaway to Bali, courtesy of Qantas Airways and Four Seasons. (Valued at $8,400)This package includes two return economy class flights on Qantas to Bali, Denpasar and relax with three nights of accommodation at the Four Seasons hotel, the package allows guests to enjoy two nights in a Jimbaran Bay Villa and one night in a one bedroom Villa at Sayan (Ubud).
- Special items from the now retired Qantas Boeing 747, VH-OJM.
Qantas has selected some of their favourite items from the cabin of the now retired Qantas Boeing 747-400, items include an original cabin crew handset, 1A panelling along with many more items which are yet to be revealed.
All of the funds raised throughout the flight including the auctions will be donated directly to Rural Aid to support those Australian Farmers affected by the drought. Aussie Weekend Traveller was lucky enough to get a seat on board this once-off flight to Longreach and I can’t wait to share my journey with all my readers and followers, it sounds like it is going to be an amazing day! All of the funds raised throughout the flight including the auctions will be donated directly to Rural Aid to support those Australian Farmers affected by the drought.
All passengers that will be part of this awesome day out will be given a Qantas goodie bag, which no doubt will impress any AvGeek on board the flight to Longreach. Passengers will be also offered a ‘country cocktail’ as you stop onto the aircraft, just like all Qantas flights meals will be supplied during the flight. The meals are all thought of by the man himself, Neil Perry and they will be based around an Australian theme, hopefully it’s more than just a vegemite sandwich and a few tam-tams.
The departing flight leaves Sydney on the 20th October 2011 at 12:30pm, the flight touches down in regional Queensland at Longreach Airport soon after at 1:55pm. After the day’s celebrations and events the outbound flight departs Longreach at 7:15pm and touches back down in Sydney at 10:30pm. The aircraft operating this flight will be a Boeing 737-800 but the rego is still to be confirmed.
Qantas would like to thank all the passengers that have purchased tickets for this once off flight, and they would also like to say a huge thank you to the Qantas Founders Museum which no doubt will pull out all the stops to make it a memorable day for everyone. All the crew on board, including the pilots are volunteering their time to help raise funds for Rural Aid.
Aussie Weekend Traveller was lucky enough to get a seat on board this once-off flight to Longreach and I can’t wait to share my journey with all my readers and followers, it sounds like it is going to be an amazing day!