Qantas Teases New Boeing 787 Dreamliner Special Livery To Be Announced Tomorrow

Qantas has announced it will be releasing a special-edition livery to celebrate the delivery of its 10th Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The announcement was posted on the airline’s Twitter account this morning, and the new livery will be revealed tomorrow.

A Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Qantas’ new livery will celebrate the arrival of the airline’s 10th Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Photo: Mertie via Flickr

Australia’s Qantas will be celebrating the arrival of its 10th Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a special-edition livery.

The details of the new paint job have been kept under wraps until now. But those of you who are excited to see what Qantas’s 10th Boeing 787 Dreamliner will look like won’t have to wait much longer. The airline says it will be unveiled at some point tomorrow.


The majority of Qantas’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners currently in service have been painted in the airline’s characteristic white and red livery. Although the new special-edition livery will be unveiled today, Qantas’s 10th Boeing 787 Dreamliner will not enter service until mid-November.

Qantas’s Project Sunrise

Qantas took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner back in October 2017 and renamed it Great Southern Land.

Currently, Qantas uses its Boeing 787 Dreamliners for long-haul flights around the world. It is weighing up whether to use the Boeing 787 Dreamliner or Airbus A350 for its ‘Project Sunrise’ research flights.

Qantas will be conducting research into well-being on long-haul flights using specially-repurposed aircraft.

A Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner
When it comes to special liveries, Qantas is one of the best in the business. Photo: Adam Moreira via Flickr

Passengers will be fitted with equipment to monitor a range of body and behavioural patterns during the flights. Pilots will also be fitted with EEG equipment to measure brainwaves and alertness while flying long distances.

The airline says it expects to have reached a decision on which aircraft to use in Project Sunrise by the end of the year.

Qantas’s past liveries

Qantas’s brand colours are white and red, specifically white with red accents. The airline has used these colours on its aircraft for many decades now.

As Australia’s flag carrier, Qantas also uses the kangaroo as an emblem. The kangaroo usually takes pride of place on the vertical stabilizer of Qantas’s aircraft. When it comes to livery upgrades over the years Qantas has stuck to the same basic style.

There have, however, been a few notable special-edition liveries which turn the reserved style of the standard Qantas paint job on its head.

A Qantas Boeing 747
Qantas celebrates the art of Australia’s indigenous people with special-edition liveries. Photo: Aero Icarus via Flickr

Through its Flying Art Series, which started in 1994, Qantas has showcased art from Australia’s indigenous peoples on a small number of its aircraft.

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner livery

In yesterday’s Twitter post, Qantas teased us with a few snapshots of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner livery. One thing is for certain – the new livery will feature an abundance of the usual Qantas white and red. One frame of the video appears to show a large solid red section of the fuselage near the wing.

The standard Qantas livery has no red anywhere other than the tail section and wings. Based on the short clips of the new livery, it looks like it will feature a lot more red than usual.

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