Here are the 'Aussie icon' names of Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Here are the 'Aussie icon' names of Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliners

After a public competition to name the first eight members of the Qantas Boeing 787 fleet after 'Aussie icons', the airline has revealed which monikers made the cut.

And they are:

  • Dreamtime
  • Great Southern Land
  • Uluru
  • The Great Barrier Reef
  • Skippy
  • Quokka
  • Boomerang
  • Waltzing Matilda

Those names will be painted under the cockpit window of each aircraft.

Qantas hasn't revealed which name will be given to the very first red-tailed Boeing 787 until it arrives in October (our money is on Uluru or Dreamtime).

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


  • russell


    21 Jun, 2017 06:54 am

    Pretty much spot on I reckon, good choices. Waltzing Matilda to be the first.
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  • Patricka340


    21 Jun, 2017 08:32 am

    I think the names are okay, certainly better than the likes of 'Vegemite', but Skippy and Waltzing Matilda really?
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  • John Robins

    Victor G

    21 Jun, 2017 09:11 am

    Very disappointing that Planey McPlaneface didn't get over the line.
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  • Yvan J Drake


    21 Jun, 2017 09:25 am

    I recommended the aircraft be named 

    They seemed pretty Aussie to me 
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  • willvill


    21 Jun, 2017 09:47 am

    Very poor Qantas. You run a competition but don't reveal the results in order of vote!! No transparency, no accountability again. I'm one of 45,000 mugs who voted.
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  • Dave


    21 Jun, 2017 09:59 am

    Who really cares? It was a bit of fun and public involvement. Not an election.
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  • Miguel


    21 Jun, 2017 09:47 am

    What happened to the AFR's suggested 'David Boon'?
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  • spatsy


    21 Jun, 2017 10:39 am

    what about Barnesy or Farnsy:)
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  • Yvan J Drake


    21 Jun, 2017 11:16 am

    They both would be a bad omen. 

    It'd keep departing then having to return to the gate again and again for money. 
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  • Robert Hollow


    21 Jun, 2017 11:32 am

    Do you book Boomerang for return flights? ;)
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  • Kogglogs


    21 Jun, 2017 01:56 pm

    Oh nice. That's not anywhere near as cringe-worthy as I expected them to be. That said, Skippy and Waltzing Matilda are borderline on the cringe-worthy scale, but passable ;-) 
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  • Andrew Krake

    Andrew Krake

    21 Jun, 2017 03:09 pm

    I was hoping the aircraft were going to be named after native Australian birds ... starting with Emu and Cassowary
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  • ajstubbs


    21 Jun, 2017 04:29 pm

    Nobody in their right mind would name a plane after something as terrifying as a cassowary! 
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  • Kogglogs


    21 Jun, 2017 06:10 pm

    Why? What's wrong with naming an aeroplane after a large ungainly flightless bird? 😂😂😂
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  • chewkc65


    21 Jun, 2017 07:33 pm

    Because that bird cannot fly.  Not a good representation of a new aircraft, or any aircraft for the matter.
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  • Kogglogs


    22 Jun, 2017 12:18 pm

    Really? Do I really need to explain that I was being facetious? Oh man. 
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  • Himeno


    23 Jun, 2017 04:42 pm

    The 737-400s were named after birds.
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  • Packetman21


    21 Jun, 2017 06:07 pm

    No true blue :(. Oh well, I guess that is the name of JetBlue's FF scheme.
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  • moecat


    21 Jun, 2017 11:21 pm

    Surely is Quokka first up.... FIrst non stop to London to Perth
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  • Orus Picarous


    22 Jun, 2017 12:53 am

    One for Mark Cosgrove and Mount Buffalo please!
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  • kamere


    23 Jun, 2017 11:12 am

    I like Dreamtime
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  • Yvan J Drake


    26 Jun, 2017 11:42 am

    Be great if Dreamtime wears a Dreamtime Livery too!
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