Proving that Qantas knows what’s up, the airline makes all our outback girl boss dreams come true with new plane named ‘Jillaroo’.
Watching the sun rise while sitting on her horse, 28-year-old Jess, a jillaroo, will spend the day riding across the dusty plains of the Australian outback. She’ll tend to cattle, mend fences or find herself resting in the shade of a gum tree. Jess thinks she has the best job in the world. And the rest of the world is about to learn what it is.
So in November 2018, when Australia’s national airline took delivery of its seventh Boeing 787 Dreamliner – it bestowed the name Jillaroo on its youngest fleet member. Most of us will understand the term, but when Jillaroo rolls up to airport terminals in lands afar, will the rest of the world get it?
To help out, Qantas offers a brief explanation. “A jillaroo (or its male counterpart, jackaroo) is a young person working on a cattle station.”
“They help muster livestock to new pastures, mend machinery and do a variety of other jobs to keep the station – often thousands of square kilometres in size – ticking over. It’s a tough job with a rich culture. And it’s uniquely Australian.
That’s how all our Dreamliner’s are named – from Waltzing Matilda to Skippy to Great Southern Land. Jillaroo is the latest from the long list of things that are uniquely Australian put forward by the community to make it onto our aircraft. We have one more Dreamliner due to arrive this year (to be named Great Barrier Reef), and then another six from 2019.”
“We’re really proud that Jillaroo will take to the skies and be recognised in London and New York and other destinations in between. We hope it’ll inspire travellers to find out a little more about this intrepid figure of the Australian outback.”
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