Rugby: All Blacks win sees Qantas crew wear Kiwi jerseys

Qantas crew (right) accepting the All Blacks jerseys from Air New Zealand crew.
Qantas crew (right) accepting the All Blacks jerseys from Air New Zealand crew. PHOTO: QANTAS/ TWITTER
Qantas flight crew wearing the All Blacks jerseys.
Qantas flight crew wearing the All Blacks jerseys. PHOTO: QANTAS/ TWITTER
Qantas flight crew posing with their All Blacks jerseys.
Qantas flight crew posing with their All Blacks jerseys. PHOTO: QANTAS/ TWITTER
Qantas confirmed that QF143 from Sydney to Auckland had a pilot and first officer sporting the black jerseys.
Qantas confirmed that QF143 from Sydney to Auckland had a pilot and first officer sporting the black jerseys. PHOTO: PHOTO: QANTAS/ TWITTER

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian airline Qantas escaped having to paint a plane black, but the crew on a trans-Tasman flight donned New Zealand jerseys on Monday (Nov 2) after losing a bet on the outcome of the rugby World Cup.

New Zealand triumphed over Australia 34-17 at Twickenham on Saturday, but not before Air New Zealand and Qantas had engaged in enough friendly banter on Twitter to set up the #AirlineWager.

After the Kiwi carrier originally suggested Qantas paint a plane black if the Wallabies lost, the 'Flying Kangaroo' responded with a picture of an Air NZ airliner in the Australian colours saying: "While black is slimming, we think it needs a golden touch."

They eventually settled on flight crews of the losing airline wearing rival jerseys the day after the final.

"Today @Qantas played good sports and followed through with #AirlineWager wearing @AllBlacks jerseys on board," a jubilant Air NZ tweeted on Monday.

Qantas confirmed that QF143 from Sydney to Auckland had a pilot and first officer as well as crew sporting the black jerseys.

"We still love the Qantas Wallabies, but a bet is a bet," the carrier conceded on its Facebook page.

"Today we followed through with #AirlineWager and we accepted jerseys from @FlyAirNZ."