New Aboriginal Design Aircraft For Domestic Skies

SYDNEY, 14 February 2002

Yananyi Dreaming, a new Boeing 737-800, will be the first aircraft with Aboriginal design dedicated to domestic skies.

Qantas Executive General Manager Sales and Marketing, John Borghetti, said: "We wanted the new Boeing 737-800 aircraft to fly the flag for domestic tourism, so we transformed one of the first of the aircraft into a flying work of art featuring a story of one of Australia's most recognisable tourist destinations, Uluru." Mr Borghetti said Yananyi Dreaming, painted in spectacular collaborative artwork by Uluru-based indigenous artist Rene Kulitja and Sydney's Balarinji studio, would initially fly the airline's Melbourne-Brisbane, Melbourne-Adelaide, Sydney-Brisbane and Sydney-Adelaide routes, eventually extending to other routes as other 737-800s were delivered.

It is scheduled for its first flight to Uluru in the second half of March.

Yananyi means going or travelling. The Yananyi Dreaming design features radiating pathways leading to the symbol of Uluru depicted as a physical form surrounded by Kurkara (desert oak trees) and as an abstract representation of concentric circles. Blue hills (Tali) rise from the desert landscape, Mala (wallaby) tracks are imprinted on the sand and Lungata (blue tongued lizard) basks in the sun.

Yananyi Dreaming is the third Qantas aircraft to be painted with an Aboriginal design.

Mr Borghetti said the airline's painted Boeing 747s, Wunala Dreaming and Nalanji Dreaming, were used on the international network.

"Yananyi Dreaming is dedicated to the domestic market, which means it will be seen by Australians and international visitors every day here in the airline's home market.

"It is particularly appropriate that we are welcoming this special aircraft to the Qantas fleet in the Year of the Outback, of which Qantas is a major sponsor," he said.

It took 29 painters around 2,000 man hours at Boeing's Seattle headquarters working in shifts over six days to paint the Balarinji/Kulitja design onto the aircraft fuselage. Around 200 large stencils of seven millimetre thick plastic measuring 1.27m by 3m were produced to define the overall design. Laying out the more intricate designs of salt bush trees, desert sand areas, Qantas logo, tracks, aircraft registration and fleet numbers took 63 pieces of nylon stencil ranging in size from 0.5m by 1.5m to 1.25m by 5.6m, each of which could be used only once. Around 484.5 litres of paint were sprayed.

Mr Borghetti said the airline had worked closely with the artist's community, the Mutitjulu community in Uluru, since the airline filmed its last I Still Call Australia Home television and print advertising campaign there in 2000.

"Our association with Balarinji goes back to 1994, when our first painted plane, Wunala Dreaming, was launched," he said.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (2628)