Aussies Honour Pioneer of the Skies

The pilot who made history in 1936 is being honoured by QANTAS with her name, Jean Batten, being painted on the side of an Aussie plane.

A century after her birth, QANTAS has celebrated her record breaking feet of flying from Britain to Auckland by naming its 75th Boeing 737800 after the famous pilot. The new aircraft is scheduled to begin transtasman flights in the middle of next month.

Jean Batten is not the first pilot to be honoured by the Australian airline with another 737 being named after writer Katherine Mansfield. A third 737 was named after Sir William Hudson, the engineer that was in charge of the Snowy Mountains hydro scheme. The airline has told that the three who have been honoured were pioneers who took their skills and culture to the world stage.

Members of the Batten family will gather along with relatives of Katherine Mansfield and Sir William Hudson at Auckland Airport to mark the fantastic honour bestowed upon these amazing people.

The families are very proud of the accomplishments of their family members and have accepted the honour from QANTAS with open arms. The aircraft holds 168 seats and will be flying across the Tasman regularly starting next month.

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