Qantas showcases Australia in new safety video

Rachael Micallef
By Rachael Micallef | 28 January 2016

Qantas is taking Australia to the world, showing off iconic local tourist destinations in its new safety video as part of a tie-up with Tourism Australia.

Despite renewing its creative agency roster at the close of last year, the airline opted to use director, creative partner and copywriter Josh Whiteman to create the ad, without the use of an agency. 

The 05:30-minute video takes Qantas passengers to see 17 different Australian locations, as it goes through the on-board safety instructions.

A truck driver in Alice Springs explains how to tighten seatbelts, a visitor at Tasmania's MONA shows how to secure an air-mask and swimmers at Bondi Icebergs demonstrate life-jacket use.

The campaign is part of a renewed push with Tourism Australia to promote the locations featured and maximise benefits for tourism operators. Tourism Australia will be using its social media presence to push the video out globally.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce calls the video a “unique platform” to promote local tourism.

“The result is something that we believe is really special and powerful, but warm, funny and down to earth at the same time, because it’s about everyday Australians,” he says.

“We’re confident that it’s going to grab people’s attention and get them focused on the safety information that every Qantas customer needs to know.

“It’s a video that people can really connect with, and there’s an opportunity to expand its reach by sharing it online and through social media – giving it a dual purpose as promotion for Australian tourism.”

Joyce says with the lower dollar proving a headwind for Australia, the push will help create a “new tourism boom” for local operators.

It is expected the video will be shown to a global audience of almost 30 million people a year.

It's not the first time an airline has taken a novel approach to safety videos. In 2013, Air New Zealand featured actress Betty White in an off-beat in-flight safety video.

Campaign credits:

Director

Josh Whiteman

Executive Producer

Jason Byrne

Creative

Josh Robbins

Line Producer

Darren McFarlane

Production Coordinator

Bree Carter

Production Coordinator

Alexandra Sturman

1st AD

Cameron Watt

DOP

Marin Johnson

1st AC

Matt Jenkins

EPK

Aaron Farrugia

EPK

Will Storr

Gaffer/Grip

Peter Stockley

Art Director

Otello Stolfo

Hair, Make Up, Wardrobe

Natalie Burley

Sound Recordist

Music Director, Composer

Offline Editors

Online Editors

Keith Bottomley

Bruce Heald

The Butchery

Heckler

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