Qantas has treated avgeeks and art lovers alike to a sneak preview of for its latest specially designed Indigenous artwork livery for its fourth 787-9.
The new livery which is currently getting touch ups in the in the Boeing Seattle paintshop facility, is based on a work by the late Northern Territory artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye. Her 1991 Yam Dreaming painting has been adapted for the aircraft by leading Indigenous-owned design studio Balarinji.
Once work has been completed on the aircraft it take the name Emily Kame Kngwarreye. The aircraft will undergo flight testing before its flown to Alice Springs for a special welcome event on March 2.
The aircraft will become the airline’s fifth Indigenous flying art aircraft. Emily Kame Kngwarreye joins the Boeing 737-800 Mendoowoorrji, which is currently in Qantas service. The Mendoowoorrji design was inspired by Paddy Bedford’s painting Medicine Pocket.
The delivery of the new livery tops what will be a big month in March month for the airline with the commencement of nonstop flights between Perth and London taking off on March 24.