The Flying Kangaroo’s first Dreamliner baby was called ‘The Great Southern Land‘, the second was ‘The Waltzing Matilda‘ & now we know the name of the next 787 child.

Introducing, Qantas’ third Dreamliner titled ‘The Quokka’.

Awww, cutest name right?


The carrier revealed the name this morning, saying it was selected from some 60,000 public suggestions because it represented Western Australia, home to the happiest animal on Earth.

According to Qantas International’s Chief Executive, Alison Webster, the quokka and the Flying Kangaroo will make a great duo when it comes to attracting international visitors to Western Australia, particularly via the airline’s direct Perth-London services.


“Our direct flights between Europe and Australia start in March, so naming our third Dreamliner after a native animal unique to WA seems very fitting.”

Alison Webster, Qantas International Chief Executive

“There may be some head scratching moments when people see the name of this aircraft at airports around the world, but a quick internet search will make them immediate quokka converts, and might even encourage them to take a trip.”

Quokka, which has the official registration of VH-ZNC, will operate the new Perth to London route as well as other Dreamliner routes to the United States.

It is currently undergoing final delivery in Seattle and is expected to land in Australia in late January. Quokka will also be joined by a Dreamliner called Skippy later this year.

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What do you think of the Quokka, the aircraft name not the animal?