After more than two years of planning and preparation
, Travolta's luxury Boeing 707 aircraft appears cleared for touchdown at its new home.
Civil aviation authorities are set to grant a special permit to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society to allow the plane to be flown from the United States to its new home at Albion Park, south of Wollongong.
The Hollywood star has even blocked out a month of his schedule to allow him to travel on the plane and be part of its handover.
"It [the special permit] opened up a huge opportunity of doing it sooner than later, so we've taken that option and we've planned for a November arrival," HARS president Bob De La Hunty said.
"John Travolta has made available the month of November to give us some flexibility.
"He is very passionate about this aeroplane and he realised he didn't have the engineering resources to deal with it over the future.
"So in giving it to us, he could see we could take a lot of care with it."
Transport price tag now dramatically lower
Mr De La Hunty and Travolta have developed a friendship over the years after the Illawarra pilot took the Hollywood star for a flight on a 1955 Super Constellation along the NSW coast in 2009.
He said the museum needs to raise another $300,000, much less than the $3 million price tag originally thought.
The museum has been consistently gathering money from public and private donors.
Museum volunteers highly qualified to look after plane
The Boeing 707 was previously owned by Qantas, the company Travolta is an ambassador for.
Many of HARS' retired pilots and flight engineers have not only worked on Qantas 707s, but Travolta's plane specifically.
"He didn't want to give it up when he donated it to us, but we have over 700 volunteers and about 200 of them were with Qantas," Mr De La Hunty said.
"We've got all those engineers that worked on this very aeroplane, so they're very familiar with it.
"To him, it made common sense than leaving it to be scrapped or parked in a museum."
He said the actor has already said he would like to fly the Super Constellation with him again when he visits the Illawarra.
Part of the 707 handover involves registering it as an Australian aircraft, which means Travolta will not be allowed to be in the cockpit as originally hoped.
Instead, it will be piloted by an experienced crew from HARS with Travolta on board alongside a hand-picked group of volunteers who have worked on the project.
I bet that John Travolta's 707 is in Hanger 96 on the 16th of November for Qantas 99th Birthday.
Who's coming down to watch the landing in illawarra? I will have to take my model and see if JT can sign the Box and the display stand for me if I leave it with HARS people