True Blue Aussie? (your jet says otherwise)

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.

Qantas (Jetconnect) 737-400 ZK-JTQ (note the NZ registration)

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Withdrawn from service and prepared for transfer to Qantas Jetconnect, New Zealand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”.

Clive Palmer at Tullamarine airport. Picture: Susan Windmiller
Susan Windmiller photo via the Herald Sun

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.

Photo by Bidgee, via Wikimedia Commons

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

Registered owner:
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!

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3 Responses to “True Blue Aussie? (your jet says otherwise)”

  1. enno says:

    I wonder what they achieve by doing this. Is the rego fee cheaper in New Zealand ?

    There was some coverage of this in 2006, I forget all the details. This aircraft ( and others like it ) were earmarked for domestic services in New Zealand. There was, and is, ongoing industrial issues at Qantas over pay rates for employees hired in different countries to do the same job.

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