Qantas celebrates 100th anniversary with new safety video

On the occasion of its centenary anniversary, the Australian airline has unveiled a short film detailing safety instructions for passengers, in which Qantas also looks back on the many changes on board its flights in the course of the 20th century. 

One of the oldest airlines in the world, Qantas has pulled out all the stops to celebrate its 100th anniversary with its passengers. Over the last 12 months, the carrier's communications team has put together a new safety video, which brings to life the major milestones in the history of commercial aviation: a process that involved extensive archive research to reconstruct not only airports but also the different planes and uniforms that evolved over the decades of the 20th century. From the straight suits of the 1940s to the flashy looks of the 1970s, from the pencil mustaches of the 1930s to the mullet hairdos of the 1980s, the film brings to life all the atmospheric details of 100 years of life in the skies.

Using computer-generated images, Qantas tells of its early years in the 1920s, when it started out with a single propeller plane, an Avro 504, which now belongs to the Qantas Founders Museum. Along with the safety instructions, which are presented throughout the film, passengers are shown the many innovations in comfort and services that transformed passengers' in-flight experience from the 1940s to the 1990s. In a series of carefully crafted vignettes, air hostesses and stewards with uniforms and hairstyles from each period present details of aviation history before moving on to modern safety issues. For example, a hostess from the 1940s, an era when flying boats still landed in Sydney harbor, presents an antique life jacket before explaining how to use its modern equivalent.

The new Qantas safety video will be shown on board flights from March 1.