Staff at Australian airline Qantas have kept up their end of a bizarre social media bet after New Zealand triumphed in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday.
— Air New Zealand (@FlyAirNZ) October 29, 2015
Before Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final between the Wallabies and the All Blacks, Quantas engaged in a bit of Twitter banter with rivals Air New Zealand, and the end result was a wager that would see the ‘losing’ airline wear their opposition’s rugby colours for a day.
Air New Zealand started the Twitter exchange on Friday by tweeting a digitally altered photo of a Qantas plane painted completely black, with slogans including “Team All Blacks”, “bound in black” and “simply the best”.
“We’ve been thinking about this wager. How about you paint your planes like this?” the airline said.
Qantas responded with their own image of an Air New Zealand plane in bright Australian gold, saying they “think it needs a golden touch”.
Air New Zealand responded: “We wouldn’t want to slow our planes down … with all that extra paint”, to which Qantas quipped: “We wouldn’t think you’d be in a hurry to get here when you lose.”
Qantas planes usually fly in a white-and-red colour scheme, while Air New Zealand usually fly white aircraft with a black tail.
The exchange was well-received by rugby fans and Twitter followers, prompting a more realistic proposition.
“How about this? On Monday in the air, your crew wear our jerseys,” Air New Zealand suggested on Friday.
“It’s on! But let’s not leave the pilots out!” Qantas agreed.
Both companies then agreed to “take this offline” to formalise the bet.
The All Blacks won the clash 34-17, and on Monday morning the Qantas staff were made to pay up by donning New Zealand rugby jerseys to work.
— Qantas (@Qantas) November 2, 2015
Air New Zealand praised their airline compatriots for being such good sports, despite having to endure the humiliation of World Cup final defeat twice over.
Though they may have lost the bet, Qantas won social media, garnering 1,200 retweets for following through on the #AirWager.