Qantas recently retired its historic Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet and on Sunday signed over to the Historic Aviation Restoration Society. It is the only 747-400 type of aircraft to be on public display anywhere in the world and is already proving to be a popular tourist attraction for the region, with hundreds of locals wanting to get up close and personal with the “Queen of The Skies”.
Gareth Evans, CEO of Qantas International, together with the Qantas pilots that delivered the aircraft, joined thousands of locals at the HARS Open Day to host tours of the historic 747 where it featured on display for the first time.
While in retirement the aircraft is also set to begin a new career as a movie star. Using the historic 747 as a film set, has the potential to bring a number of additional tourism benefits to the region including catering, accommodation and casting from the local area.
Qantas will facilitate a location visit as early as next month for a scout to tour the HARS facility and OJA. The museum already attracts filming interest due to its vast collection of historic aircraft and the addition of the jumbo jet will provide even further opportunities.