QANTAS Airways’ latest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, registered as VH-ZND, is under construction at Boeing. It will be the fourth Boeing 787-9 for the carrier. VH-ZND will celebrate Australia’s indigenous peoples with a new special livery. It is due to be unveiled in February and will be arrive in Australia in March
The airline issued this statement and photos:
QANTAS will honor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians with a special livery on its newest Dreamliner to enter the fleet.
This will be the fifth design in QANTAS’ flying art series, which started more than 20 years ago, and will be unveiled when the Boeing 787-9 is completed next month. It will be the second flying art aircraft currently in service with the national carrier and the only one dedicated to international flights.
The unique livery reflects the long, rich history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and is in keeping with the airline’s commitment to championing reconciliation and promoting the best of Australia to the world.
The latest design has been conceptualized by leading Indigenous owned design studio Balarinji, which has developed all of the flying art aircraft.
The new Dreamliner carrying the special livery (registration VH-ZND) is the fourth to enter the fleet, and will be welcomed into Australia with a special arrival event in Alice Springs in early March 2018 before entering service on routes like Melbourne-Los Angeles and Perth-London.
- To date, five QANTAS aircraft have been painted in Indigenous designs, with Wunala Dreaming carried on two separate aircraft (see summary of each below).
- Each livery has been designed in collaboration with Balarinji design studio.
- QANTAS has worked with Balarinji for three decades on aircraft livery projects and other design work, including the Peter Morrissey uniform of 2003.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by QANTAS): QANTAS Airways Boeing 747-438 VH-OJB (msn 24373) (Wunala Dreaming) CDG (Christian Volpati). Image: 930704.
Below Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Boeing 747-338 VH-EBU (msn 23223) (Nalanji Dreaming) SYD (John Adlard). Image: 930000.
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