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PICTURES: Qantas debuts centenary livery on newest 787

As it gears up for its 100th birthday next year, Qantas has unveiled a special centenary livery on its latest Boeing 787-9.

The aircraft, registered VH-ZNJ, rolled out of the paint shop at Boeing’s factory in Seattle. The special livery features every Qantas logo since its founding in 1920.

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All photos: Qantas

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The widebody will be named Longreach, the same name given to the airline’s series of retiring 747-400s. “[It is also] a nod to the Queensland town that was integral to the national carrier’s beginnings [and] its role in conquering the tyranny of distance,” Qantas adds.

The 787 will next embark on a series of test flights, before being handed over to Qantas in November.

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From there, it will embark on the second of Qantas’ Project Sunrise research flights, which involve non-stop flights between London and Sydney, before entering normal commercial service. Sister aircraft VH-ZNI is set to embark on the first research flight on 18 October, flying from New York to Sydney.

VH-ZNJ is the carrier’s 10th 787. Cirium fleets data indicates the airline has another four 787-9s on order.

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