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JCJ-707 HANGAR-TRAVOLTA HOME
ESTABLISHED IN 1998. PRIVATE JET AIRPLANE OPERATOR. 707 OWNED BY JOHN TRAVOLTA, USA MOVIE STAR. HQ IN LONGWOOD, FLORIDA. OPERATES FAR 125 CONTRACT (VIP) FLIGHTS FOR ITS OWNER ONLY.
PO BOX 65188
LOS ANGELES, CA 90065, USA
15821 Venture Avenue, Suite 460
Encino, California CA 91436, USA
July 2002: Owner, John Travolta earns new pair of wings as first officer for Qantas Airways (QAN). Arranges world tour to promote air travel weakened since "9/11." John Travolta is appointed by (QAN) as their new official "ambassador-at-large." John Travolta, 48, states "I am an airline geek." He has a son named Jett. As part of arrangement, (QAN) repainted his 707 with name "Jett Clipper Ella" (after his daughter's name) in its original (QAN) livery, and he said he would fly it round the world to promote the airline. This month he will first fly Los Angeles (LAX) to Auckland, New Zealand to begin his 10-nation "Spirit of Friendship" tour. Other destinations include Sydney (SYD), Melbourne (MEL), Perth (PER), Singapore (SIA), Hong Kong (HGK), Tokyo (TYO), London Heathrow (LHR), Rome, Paris, Frankfurt, & New York. (QAN) also arranged for him to get his wings by completing 747 simulator training at Boeing (TBC), Seattle. He has logged over >5,000 flight hours on his 707.
November 2006: See photo - - "JCJ-707 HANGAR-TRAVOLTA HOME" - - of John Travolta's home in Ocala, Florida with his 707 and Gulfstream parked in the "garages."
Main Base: Ocala-Jumbolair airport, Florida (has 7,000 ft runway).
Jumbolair Owner: Kelly Jones-Thayer.
April 2009: A consortium of Hollywood movie stars has confirmed an order for a single Boeing 787 which it plans to use as a flying restaurant. The airplane, dubbed will be based at Los Angeles International Airport and will make daily two-hour flights along the coast of California while VIP diners/passengers enjoy cordon bleu cuisine during the flight.
The consortium of movie stars operates under the name In-flight Movie Stars (I. M. Stars) and includes well-known aviation enthusiasts Harrison Ford, John Travolta and Tom Cruise. I. M. Stars is keen to emulate the success of other Hollywood-born franchises such as the Planet Hollywood and Hard Rock Café chains, as well as tapping into the super rich Hollywood community at whom the unique dining experience is aimed. The airplane will be configured to seat 50 diners in one sitting, all of whom will enjoy the Michelin Star culinary offerings of French chef Monsieur Fou d’Avril. Delivery of the DreamDiner is scheduled for 1st April 2011.
August 2011: Qantas (QAN) pulled its airline safety video featuring Ambassador-at-Large, John Travolta as part of the ongoing industrial dispute with long-haul pilots (FC), according to Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA). Travolta, who has been fronting (QAN)'s safety video, says in the video there is no one he would rather have flying the plane than a (QAN) pilot (FC). However, the union said this message conflicts with management's stance in the industrial dispute over outsourcing.
The (AIPA) insists that all (QAN) flights be crewed by pilots (FC) employed on terms and conditions of its Australian-based members. The union also wants pilots (FC) flying for Jetstar (IMU), (QAN)'s low-cost subsidiary, to be paid the same rate as (QAN) pilots (FC) if their flight is carrying a (QAN) flight number.
(AIPA) VP, Richard Woodward said the video's removal indicates (QAN) CEO, Alan Joyce is "eager to outsource (QAN) jobs to overseas pilots (FC)." However, a (QAN) spokesman said the pulling of the video "has absolutely nothing to do with" the industrial dispute with long-haul pilots (FC). "It was always intended to be a temporary feature," he stated.
(QAN) Head Corporate & Government Affairs, Olivia Wirth said that if (QAN) agreed to the union's pay demands for all flights, "it would drive up fares." She claimed, "The (APIA) wants to force all (QAN) affiliate airlines, including Jetstar (IMU), to pay their pilots (FC) the same premium rates and conditions as (QAN) pilots (FC)."
(QAN)'s plans to restructure its international division include creating more airline alliances, a re-jigging of fleet plans, and scrapping some routes. But it will not include any major transfer of routes to Jetstar (IMU), according to one (QAN) source.
September 2011: Bombardier (BMB) welcomed John Travolta as a brand ambassador for its Learjet, Challenger and Global jets.
Recognized worldwide as an accomplished actor and film producer, John Travolta is also a licensed jet pilot (FC) and an advocate for corporate aviation. With a busy schedule of filming, publicity and charity work, he embodies the persona of the true business traveler – making him an ideal representative for Bombardier (BMB) Business Aircraft.
John is both a film icon and knowledgeable aviator, said Steve Ridolfi, President, Bombardier (BMB) Business Aircraft. He also recently added the Challenger aircraft to the impressive list of 11 different jets he is qualified to fly, an aircraft that offers him the ability to meet his passion for aviation and demanding business travel requirements all in one. We are thrilled to have him as our brand ambassador.
With an acting career spanning over 30 years, John Travolta has starred in 60 films and has been honoured with a number of prestigious film awards and award nominations. He has received two aviation awards: The "American Institute of Aeronautics Foundation Award for Excellence" in 2003; and the "Living Legends Ambassador of Aviation" award in 2007. He currently holds 11 pilots (FC) licenses for both commercial and business jets.
Business aviation has always made sense to me in that it offers flexibility, privacy, security, and most importantly, time saving, meaning I have the ability to keep up with my busy schedule and have more time for my family, which is very important to me, said John Travolta. On top of that, I'm a pilot (FC) – I love to fly. Bombardier (BMB) designs aircraft as much for the person flying them as for the passenger. I'm proud to represent their aircraft.
SEE PHOTO - - "JCJ-2011-09 - JOHN TRAVOLTA BMB AMBASSADOR."
September 2013: Air Transport World (ATW) magazine reader, David Gregor sent this beautiful shot of the rollout of Qantas (QAN) (VH-EBA) in February 1959. This is one of three Boeing 707-138s still around. SEE PHOTO - - "JCJ-707-138 - 2013-09."
Qantas (QAN) was the first airline outside the USA to buy the Boeing 707, and 13 were built for (QAN). The airplane shown in the picture was the 29th Boeing 707 built.
The airline’s first 707-138 entered service on Sydney - San Francisco on July 29, 1959.
The last 707-138 built, (VH-EBM), is owned and operated by actor, John Travolta and is painted in its last Qantas (QAN) colors registered as (N707JT).
The airplane shown was restored by the "(QFM) 707 Restoration" project, a group consisting of current and retired Qantas (QAN) staff.
Reader David Gregor began as an engineer (MT) at Qantas (QAN) in January 1964, six months before the last two 707-138s were delivered. He was part of the restoration team. This airplane was restored in England, and in 2006 it was flown home to Sydney via the USA. At that time, it was the oldest airworthy commercial jet. It now resides at the Qantas (QAN) Founder Museum at Longreach Queensland, but under a different registration.
July 2017: "John Travolta Commits to Personally Deliver Boeing 707 to (HARS), by australianaviation.com.au July 8, 2017.
USA actor John Travolta will personally deliver the ex-Qantas (QAN) Boeing 707 he is donating to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS).
In May, the keen pilot announced he would gift the 707-138B, registered (N707JT), to (HARS), with the airplane to be restored to a safe flying state before it is flown over to Australia from his Florida home.
At the time, Travolta said he was hoping to be part of the flight crew (FC) taking the airplane to the (HARS)’ facility at Albion Park, supported by qualified pilots and engineers.
Sponsor Bendigo Bank said on its Facebook page, Travolta would make the trip some time in 2018. “John Travolta will be coming to the Illawarra!” the post said. “He has confirmed he will be landing at Illawarra Regional Airport in the Boeing 707 he has donated to (HARS) and he wants to thank the local community for their support and interest in the (HARS) 707 Project.”
As (VH-EBM) and named "City of Launceston," the 707 was delivered to Qantas (QAN) in September 1964 and stayed with (QAN) until 1968. After a brief stint with Braniff Airlines (BNF), the 707 was converted with a corporate jet interior in the 1970s. Travolta acquired the airplane in 1998.
(QAN) named Travolta as one of its ambassadors in 2002, when the 707 was repainted in (QAN)’s iconic V-Jet livery from the 1960s. The actor also owns a number of other airplanes.
(HARS) President Bob de la Hunty told the "Illawarra Mercury" the project would cost “many millions of dollars.” “We didn’t expect anything less, but now that we know what we need to find, we can break it down and work with the people who have shown interest in what we’re doing,” De La Hunty told the newspaper.
The exact delivery date was yet to be confirmed but likely to be in the 2nd half of 2018.
The former (VH-EBM) will become the 2nd ex-Qantas (QAN) 707 to go on display in Australia, after (QAN)’s 1st 707, the former (VH-EBA) "City of Canberra," was placed on display with the Qantas Founders Museum in June 2007.
(HARS) is already the home of Qantas (QAN)’s historic Boeing 747-400, the former (VH-OJA) (and also) "City of Canberra" that flew nonstop from London Heathrow (LHR) to Sydney on its delivery flight.
* John Travolta (HARS) 707 Project Update.
John Travolta will be coming to the Illawarra! He has confirmed he will be landing at Illawarra Regional Airport, Australia in the Boeing 707 he has donated to (HARS) and he wants to thank the local community for their support and interest in the (HARS) (707) Project.