Sydney - Qantas is painting its next Boeing 787-9 with a custom livery. The aircraft registered VH-ZND is picking up artwork of indigenous Australian artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye dated 1991.
It's a beautiful and bold piece of art, and we hope it will catch the eye of people and spark conversations about our country's rich indigenous culture,said Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce.
The new 787-9, the fourth Boeing 787-9 of the Australian flag carrier will take off from Seattle and join the fleet of Qantas on March 02 in Alice Springs, where Qantas will celebrate the takeover of the aircraft. The family of Emily Kame Kngwarreye will also be present at the ceremony.
Emily Kame Kngwarreye (1910 - 1996) is known to be the most prominent and successful artist of contemporary indigenous Australian art. Kngwarreye didn't take painting a serious work until she was nearly 80. A woman in her 80s who had never been outside the central desert of Australia (Red Point) and became a great artist was one reason for her popularity.
Qantas opens new long and ultra-long-haul routes with the 787-9s, including the first non-stop service between Australia and Europe. From March 25, one of the companies 787-9s will start flying on the route between Perth and London Heathrow, with up to 236 passengers.