Ready for Takeoff

A380 over Sydney Harbour

See what keeps Australia's largest airline moving. Ready for Takeoff airs 7:30pm Wednesdays on Prime.

Behind the scenes

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About the show

Ready for Takeoff goes behind the restricted lines of the airport terminal, onto the tarmac and into the nerve centre of Qantas' global operation to find out what it takes to keep 30 million passengers moving a year.

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Fast facts

35 minute Turnaround

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Meet our crew

Graham Weir

Graham joined Qantas as a Cadet Pilot in 1971. 

A captain for 26 years, he's flown the Boeing 747 Classic, 767, 747-400, Airbus A330 and A380.

He's now a Training Manager and was part of the team that introduced the A380.

He loves volunteering, boating, diving, travelling and keeping fit.

Kristy Hay

Kristy is an Airport Customer Experience Manager at Sydney Airport.

Kristy's worked for Qantas for 24 years. She loves the challenges of her job and, as she says, no day is ever the same.

She's a happily married mum of two and enjoys travelling the world. 

Emma Collins

Emma is an A380 Customer Service Manager.

Her first flight was for an interview with Qantas. 12 years later, she manages the largest aircraft with 20 crew and 500 customers, on the longest route in the world. 

Emma enjoys spending time travelling and exploring new destinations.

Christopher Marchioro

Chris is one of Qantas' newest crew members. 

He's been working with Qantas for 2 years and started his journey with the flying kangaroo as cabin crew for QantasLink.

He's now a cabin supervisor and recently secured a position out of Melbourne with Qantas to fly internationally.

David Reid

David first started with Qantas in 1998 in the International Baggage room.  

After becoming a Loading Supervisor, he was then successful in becoming one of our Brisbane Ramp Supervisors. 

David is commonly known around the airport as "Hollywood" or "Ace" and he can always be seen assisting people in the workplace.