Well, it wasn't really a date. More a media opportunity to watch him land at Brisbane Airport, meet him and greet him, and eat a piece of birthday cake cut by JT's own beautiful hands.
Yes, despite all the crap happening at Qantas, it is their 90th anniversary. (And truthfully, I believe, they have been unlucky, and they have acted brilliantly and responsibility in both treating those affected by the latest concerns, with care. Whilst also responding to the public's concerns).
And part of the celebrations involved their wonderful Ambassador-At-Large John Travolta, flying into Sydney on his own Qantas B070 aircraft, and then onto Brisbane, where he was welcomed by Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce.
And then JT and Alan helped staff and their families, and the media pack to celebrate.
(Please note: Staff and their families were counted as VIPS too. I love that! Apparently, JT also answered questions from kids, which we all know can be Wild Cards.)
As a travel writer, I was lucky enough to be invited. And my goodness, I was looking forward to it.
As a journo, I rarely get startstruck by celebrities. To me 'real' people are far more interesting than celebs, who are usually spoiled, bored, and on their umpteenth interview already, to give much away.
But I think I would have been nervous if I had the chance to interview John Travolta. He always comes across as a super-nice person, a family man, a husband, a man who has experienced great loss, and change, and adulation, but still remains disarmingly 'normal'.
I had that confirmed just a few days when I met someone who knows him well. JT is apparently the real deal.
My problem was that I confused the RSVP time to attend, with the time of JT's actual landing.
So despite RSVP-ing I missed it.
Would it have changed my life? I doubt it.
Would it have made great blog fodder? Definitely.
And would I have swooned just a little? Quite possibly.
Look, I've not been the biggest Qantas champion in recent years. I've found their in-flight service, check-in/boarding procedures, and response to issues and/or complaints to be bollocks in fact. So much so that I now avoid flying with them.
However, on this occasion, I do believe they are a great Aussie icon, they are doing what they can, and JT as an ambassador is a fantastic PR achievement. And credit is due, because they still have possibly the best safety record in the business.
For me, Qantas PR could only be bettered if they could convince a great Aussie to learn to fly their planes. Hugh Jackman anyone?
Happy birthday Big Red Kangaroo.
If you want to send me some of the cake sliced by JT's own hands, I will faint, then recover, and eat the lot.
He should have been giving the thumbs up to me ...
Or talking to me in his nice uniform and big microphone ...
So readers, what has been your greatest stuff-up?