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January 19, 2018 Aviation No Comments Email Email

Qantas will honour 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 conceptualised 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.

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