Air New Zealand says it has no plans to dress a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in 'retro' livery as part of the airline's 75th anniversary celebrations this year.
The Kiwi carrier is among the world's most prolific airplane repainters, with various AirNZ jets dressed up for The Hobbit movie franchise, the country's All Blacks rugby team plus an eye-catching black livery for the airline's first Boeing 787-9.
But Air New Zealand has opted not to join the likes of Qantas and Lufthansa, which have both applied an older but fondly-remembered livery to their latest jets.
Qantas' RetroRoo is widely held as the airline's most successful PR exercise in years, with a 1971–1984 'heritage' livery applied to a Boeing 737-800.
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“We did consider it – there are endless ideas for ways of celebrating – and normally we would look at doing something like that" Air New Zealand's head of global brand management Jodi Williams tells Australian Aviation.
"But we are right in the throes of our brand new livery, the black and white fern, and so we are already committed to ensuring that we upgrade our existing aircraft in the new paint scheme."
According to AA, enthusiasts have been hoping that Air New Zealand's next Boeing 787-9 would get the retro treatment, "with the blue-and-green-striped 1973-1996 version tipped as the selection."
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