Alice Springs - Qantas received the fourth of eight Boeing 787-9. Its artistic livery inspired by Aboriginal painting art makes this copy special among all.
The Dreamliner registered VH-ZND landed at Alice Springs on March 2 after a 15 hours 35 minutes non-stop flight (12,946 kilometers / 6990 nautical miles) from Boeing factory in Seattle.
This 787-9 is named "Emily Kame Kngwarreye," the deceased native Australian artist whose work inspired the livery. The adaptation work was done by the studio Balarinji. A team of 60 people worked for ten days to paint the livery.
On the occasion of the arrival of the new Dreamliner, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said it was an honor to be in Alice Springs to receive the airline’s newest Dreamliner with Indigenous livery.
As the aircraft enters our international fleet, we believe this Dreamliner, through color and image, will tell a story of our unique Australian landscape and, by sharing our Indigenous culture with the world, the important story of reconciliation,also said Alan Joyce.
The new 787-9 will be deployed on the international network of the airline at the end of the month. Before that, It will conduct domestic flights between Melbourne and Sydney to train the crews.
The Dreamliner is the fifth aircraft of the Australian flag carrier with an Aboriginal livery in its history. The 787 is also the fourth of the type to join the company fleet. The last four will be delivered by the end of 2018.
This new Dreamliner will allow the company to restructure its international network by opening the first non-stop route between Australia and Europe (Melbourne-Perth-London).