Anthony Albanese’s entry into the world arena has made his first international flight one of the most followed on the Internet.
Moments after the Prime Minister’s plane took off, it climbed to the top of the most popular flights on the Flightradar24 tracking site.
The Prime Minister’s plane is a redesigned A330 worth $ 250 million.
Earlier, former Prime Minister Scott Morrison named the plane Shark One, honoring his NRL Cronulla Sharks team.
Mr Albanese has not yet said whether he plans to continue the tradition and rename the plane in honor of his beloved South Sydney Rabbitohs.
It was toppled from the top spot only after a U.S. Air Force plane in Japan sparked curiosity among users.
Mr Albanese and Foreign Minister Penny Wong headed to Tokyo, where they will meet with counterparts from the US, Japan and India for a quadripartite security dialogue.
Speaking to reporters before his departure on Monday, Mr Albanez said it was an opportunity for Australia to send a “message of peace”.
“The meetings we will have, not only with the United States, but, importantly, with our hosts in Japan and India, will be very important … to send a message to the world that Australia has a new government,” he said. .
“This is a government that represents change in terms of how we deal with the world on issues such as climate change, but also continuity in how we respect democracy and value our friendship and long-standing relationship. unions.
Asked about China, Mr Albanez acknowledged that relations remained strained, but stressed that he would not “play politics with national security issues”.
“Relations with China will remain difficult. I said that before the election, ”he said.
“It hasn’t changed. Changed China, not Australia and Australia must always uphold our values and we will be in the government I lead.
“Can I say that we should put Australia’s national interests first, and not try to play politics with national security issues.”