18 NOVEMBER 2013


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Article from BTNews 18 NOVEMBER 2013

Flying art

Qantas has unveiled a brand new 737-800 aircraft featuring an indigenous art livery as a flying tribute to the world’s oldest continuing culture.

It is the fourth aircraft in Qantas’ flying art series in partnership with Australian designers Balarinji that began with the first indigenous livery “Wunala Dreaming” on a 747 aircraft in 1994. Balarinji’s livery design is inspired by the work of late West Australian Aboriginal painter, Paddy Bedford.

Qantas and the studio have worked together for over two decades on aircraft livery projects and other design work, including the current Qantas uniform.

For the first time in the airline’s 93-year history, the iconic Qantas tail has been included in the design, with the airline’s trademark red tail colour behind the white kangaroo altered to match the earthy tones of Paddy Bedford’s artwork.

Qantas Chief Executive Officer, Alan Joyce, said: “As Australia’s national carrier, we will fly this livery with great pride.  It not only reflects our rich history as a country, it highlights the opportunities we have to promote our indigenous culture to the Australian public and our international visitors”. www.qantas.com

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