The Boeing 707 was the first jet operated by Qantas. The type brought benefits to the airline and passengers alike, writes Barry Lloyd.
In the years following World War Two, the backbone of the Qantas long-haul fleet was the Lockheed L-749A Constellation, followed later by the L-1049E Super Constellation and ultimately by the L-1049G. At this time, the typical flight time from Sydney to London was 63 hours, with numerous stops en route. It is perhaps not surprising then that Qantas, having seen the advantages of jet travel, was the first airline outside of the USA to order the Boeing 707.