On 10 April 1965, a 104 seat Qantas Boeing 707 (V-jet) aircraft departed Sydney for Christchurch, where it was welcomed by a 10,000 strong crowd. The new Boeing 707s offered a comfortable 20-seat First cabin and 84 seats in Economy. Qantas on Friday celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first jet service between New Zealand and Australia.
Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said the fifty year milestone highlighted Qantas’ ongoing commitment to New Zealand.
“Qantas is proud of its flying history across the Tasman and New Zealand remains an important part of our international network,” said Mr Evans.
“Our humble beginnings of twice weekly jet services have evolved to a schedule of more than 200 flights per week, mostly operated by our fleet of next generation B737-800 aircraft.
“The milestone comes in a year when Qantas is investing significantly in the customer experience across the Tasman with a new dining experience in Economy, Champagne and luxury amenities in Business and a dynamic schedule enabling more flexibility and choice for customers,” added Mr Evans.