Featuring flying boats and propeller aircraft from the early 1900s, Qantas has launched a new safety video that goes through ten decades of flying to commemorate the airline’s centenary year.
The video, which will screen onboard all Qantas international and domestic flights from March 1, recreates historical settings and uniforms starting from the 1920s, all the way to the present day.
Some of the scenes were recreated in real life, others such as the original 1920s Avro 504 and the 1930s De Havilland 86 featured in the video, were brought back to life using computer generated imagery, said the airline.
From 80s’ mullets and moustaches from the 70s, the airline also recreated a century of evolving fashion by using 50 wigs and 30 moustaches to capture the head-to-toe style of each era. Various crew uniforms from throughout the decades were sourced from the airline’s own collection and from Qantas’ retired crew. The airline said small town “op shops” were a treasure trove for the “carefully curated wardrobe of the extras in each scene”.
Current Qantas staff appear in historical versions of their present-day roles, with Alastair Fysh, the grandson of Qantas co-founder Hudson Fysh, also making a cameo appearance.
The Australian carrier said the final product was the result of more than 12 months of development and pre-production with the video being filmed over three weeks across seven destinations in Australia including Longreach, Rose Bay (Sydney), HARS (Historical Aircraft Restoration Society) Aviation Museum at Wollongong, Melbourne, Brisbane Airport and the pink lakes of Hutt Lagoon in Western Australia.
Qantas added that the production team spent months researching information from the national archives and aviation museums. They also used photographs and artefacts from the Qantas Heritage Collection to perfect the details of each scene, from original life jackets to the wall panels from retired aircraft that were retrieved from the Mojave Desert.
The eight-minute-and-20-second-long video also features music through the decades, with a soundtrack from Australian jazz musician James Morrison playing numerous brass instruments, as well as the instrumental versions of the Peter Allen anthem I Still Call Australia Home.