The Courier-Mail

Boy from Oz spruiks flying kangaroo

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HE made his name as The Boy From Oz and now Hugh Jackman wants to bring the world Down Under in his new role spruiking the flying kangaroo.

Qantas is banking on Jackman’s stellar internatio­nal appeal to draw tourists from the huge US and Asian markets when he joins pilot and honorary Aussie John Travolta and homegrown supermodel Miranda Kerr as ambassador­s for the airline.

“I travel a lot and like all Aussies, I get a buzz whenever I see the familiar red tail and the kangaroo logo, no matter where I am in the world. Qantas is a great airline with great people and represents the very best of our wonderful country,” Jackman (pictured) said.

The proud Aussie is cur- rently starring in blockbuste­r musical Pan and preparing for an arena tour of his new show Broadway to Oz from November. Dividing his time between the US and his homeland, he says he’s sick of hearing from his American mates that Australia is just too far away to visit.

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