Australia’s national carrier Qantas has signed an agreement with award winning actor Huge Jackman. He becomes an official global ambassador for the airline and will also work with Qantas on a number of community based projects to promote Australia on the global stage.
The international superstar is one of Australia’s most successful and highly regarded performers with a career spanning 30 years from his early days in “Correlli” right after his graduation from Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, to his recent stage and screen successes including the “X-Men” films, “The Boy from Oz” stage show, the film version of “Les Misérables” and the soon to be released fantasy film “Pan.”
Jackman said he was proud to become a Qantas Ambassador and was looking forward to teaming up with Qantas to highlight the best of Australia.
“I travel a lot and like all Aussie’s, I get a buzz whenever I see the familiar red tail and the kangaroo logo, no matter where I am in the world. Qantas is a great airline with great people and represents the very best of our wonderful country,” Jackman said.
“Qantas has always had a vital role in promoting Australia as a tourism destination and I am looking forward to playing my part as we work together to showcase our amazing cities, landscapes and experiences in the USA, Asia and beyond.”
Jackman is particularly passionate about encouraging Americans to travel to his homeland to experience the unique land, beauty and people for themselves and says it’s as easy as “getting on a plane, having a few glasses of wine, a meal, watching a movie, having a nap and you are there.”
“It’s absolutely worth it when you get there. It’s Australia. Just go!”
As well as flying the flag for Australian tourism, Qantas and Jackman will be working on projects to create opportunities for Australian’s to learn, to work, to travel to the USA and to reach their potential.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the airline is thrilled to welcome Hugh Jackman in to the Qantas family as an ambassador.
“Hugh represents everything that the world loves about Australians and he has used his enormous international success to promote Australia as well as highlight causes that are close to his heart.
We will build on the work both Qantas and Hugh are already doing and together, we believe we have the capacity to create some truly life changing opportunities,” Joyce said.
Qantas has also recently been announced as a co-sponsor of Jackman’s upcoming “Broadway To Oz” arena shows across Australia in November and December.