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QantasLink recreates iconic ‘Love Actually’ scene to reveal A220 names

The regional carrier has paid tribute to one of the most famous Christmas movies ever by adapting it to suit a major announcement.

QantasLink's new Airbus A220 aircraft have their names.

Qantas has revealed the chosen names for its QantasLink Airbus A220 fleet, showcasing the rich biodiversity of Australian native wildlife.

Earlier this year, the airline invited the public to participate in the naming process, resulting in over 6,000 submissions featuring a diverse array of species, including some unconventional suggestions like blobfish, crucifix toad, drop bear, dusky hopping mouse, earless dragon, and gobbleguts.

From the extensive list, a shortlist of 40 names was presented for public voting last week. The engagement was robust, with over 11,700 votes contributing to the final selection. The winning names, in no particular order, include koala, little red flying-fox, Tasmanian devil, sugar glider, platypus, rainbow lorikeet, crimson rosella, whale shark, echidna, and wedge-tailed eagle.

To make the announcement, appropriately around Christmas time, QantasLink recreated a famous scene from iconic Christmas movie, Love Actually. 

WATCH: QantasLink recreates a classic Love Actually scene.  

As the QantasLink Airbus A220 fleet expands in the coming years under the leadership of newly-minted CEO Rachel Yangoyan, additional names inspired by Australian wildlife will be revealed.

This initiative aligns with QantasLink's gradual replacement of its Boeing 717s with the next-generation, fuel-efficient A220 aircraft, part of the broader Qantas Group fleet renewal program.

The A220's enhanced range, capable of flying double the distance of the 717, opens up new possibilities for domestic and short-haul international routes.

The first QantasLink A220 aircraft, named Minyma Kutjara Tjukurpa, is expected to arrive in Australia next week.

This particular aircraft stands out with its special Indigenous livery, unveiled last month as part of the Qantas Group's Flying Art Series.

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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 15 December 2023

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