Qantas’ newest 787 Dreamliner has rolled out of
the paint shop at Boeing’s factory in Washington State wearing a
special livery to celebrate the flying kangaroo’s 100th
year in the skies.
Qantas will turn 99 in November,
and as it enters its 100th year of operations, is embarking on a
range of initiatives to celebrate the Spirit of Australia.
The special livery features each Qantas logo since its
1920 founding in outback Queensland through to today, along with
the newly unveiled ‘Qantas100’ imprint that will run across its
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner,
registration VH-ZNJ, is named “Longreach” – a nod to the
Queensland town that was integral to the national carrier’s
beginnings, its role in conquering the tyranny of distance and the Longreach series of retiring 747-400 jumbo jets.
The aircraft, Qantas’s tenth Dreamliner, will undergo a series
of delivery test flights in Seattle prior its handover from Boeing
It will operate the second of Qantas’ Project Sunrise
research flights, flying non-stop from London to Sydney and
replicating the journey of the first 747-400 delivery 30 years
ago. It will then enter normal commercial service with Qantas
Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce, said. “The story of
Qantas is the story of modern Australia, and the logos on this
livery tell that story from the beginning. Our
Centenary celebrations are all about honouring our past with an
eye on the future, so it’s very fitting that this special livery
will be worn by our newest state-of-the-art Dreamliner. We have a
lot of exciting things planned to mark the Centenary, so watch
Over the past century, Queensland and Northern Territory
Aerial Services (QANTAS) has evolved from delivering the mail in the
outback to serving as the national carrier – from two passengers
at a time to 50 million a year.