Plenty of people and corporations go around calling themselves “true blue” Australians, but how can they prove it?
Qantas goes around and slaps a big “Spirit of Australia” message down the side of every jet they own.
Yet a number of their planes aren’t even Australian owned – this 737-400 is registered in New Zealand as ZK-JTQ and is operated under a Qantas subsidiary called Jetconnect.
The ‘Australian Airliners’ website has the following to say:
Withdrawn from service and prepared for transfer to Qantas Jetconnect, New Zealand
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register – June 21, 2006
Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-JTQ – June 21, 2006
Registered to Jetconnect Ltd, (NZ) Ltd
Ferried Melbourne – Christchurch as QF6011 on delivery to Jetconnect – June 22, 2006
Operated first Qantas Jetconnect revenue service Auckland – Wellington as QF4043 – June 23, 2006
Another person to spruik their Australian credentials is mining magnate Clive Palmer, who has travelled around the country in his private jet to promote his “Palmer United Party”. (picture by Susan Windmiller)
The one thing he forgot to tell anyone is that despite the Australian flag on the tail, he has registered his jet in the Isle of Man, a known tax haven.
The Isle of Man aircraft registry gives the following details:
Registration mark: M-ATAR
Date registered: 10 February 2012
Change of registered owner: 29 June 2012
Palmer Aviation Pty Ltd
Level 8, 380 Queen Street, Brisbane,
Queensland, 4000, Australia
Previous registration: C-GJDU
You can say whatever you like about being an Australian, but an aircraft registration will never lie!