Qantas Revives Dreamtime Livery

30th Sep 2013

The gaiety of Aboriginal art will once again banner Qantas jets as the flag carrier is reviving its tradition of painting the livery of its planes. The first plane to sport the colorful Aboriginal art will take off by mid-November.

The flag carrier is planning to have the livery of its brand-new Boeing 737-800 to feature the first revision of the indigenous art from Western Australia. Before its delivery, the new B737-800 aircraft will get its livery painted in Dreamtime colors at the Boeing factory in Seattle. The flag carrier will initially deploy the newly-painted aircraft on its domestic routes.

Qantas has started the tradition of embellishing its planes with Aboriginal-themed art over 20 years ago already when the Boeing 747-400 donned the 'Wunala Dreaming' theme on its livery. The latest aircraft, B737-800, will be the fourth plane of the Qantas' fleet to sport the colorful livery since then.

The second Qantas aircraft to get the Aboriginal-themed livery was the Boeing B747 with its 'Nalanji Dreaming' theme in 2002. The third aircraft, also a Boeing 737-800, got the theme 'Yananyi Dreaming' in the same year.

The new B737-800 aircraft to get the latest Aboriginal-themed art embellishment will put into service after about one week of the painting job. It is estimated that the painting of the livery will consume about 500 liters of paint on a several hundreds of plastic stencils. The design is so intricate that it will take one piece of stencil for each element.