Qantas – when the future looked supersonic

A fascinating snapshot in time from ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News, June 25, 1964’ issue when supersonic travel was on the horizon. This article details how Qantas, like many airlines at the time, was planning to add supersonic airliners to its fleet

 

Qantas at present operates II Boeing 707-138Bs at an average utilization of 11.4 hours a day.
Qantas at present operates II Boeing 707-138Bs at an average utilization of 11.4 hours a day.

 

QANTAS EXPANDS ON ALL FRONTS

BY one of those strange coincidences, Qantas will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its foundation when the first production models of supersonic airliners are about to go into service on the world's air routes.

For Qantas, or to give it its original name – Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited, was born on Nov. 16, 1920, and to this day has remained in the forefront of the world's airlines in terms of advanced technological thinking and route expansion, maintaining this tradition with its present orders for four Concordes and, tentatively, six U.S. SSTs.

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