Qantas Boeing 747-438ER registration VH-OEI, with specialised decals supporting the Wallabies during RWC 2019.
Qantas have applied decals highlighting the airlines support for the Australian rugby union team the Wallabies, in support of the their campaign during the 2019 Rugby World Cup held in Japan in September and October.
Qantas and Rugby Australia have had a long, successful partnership. Becoming their official airline partner in 1990, Qantas has supported the Wallabies through five Rugby World Cups and over two British & Irish Lions Tours.
In 2004, Qantas became the official naming rights partner of the Qantas Wallabies. So wherever the Wallabies play around the world, the Qantas emblem stands proudly with them.
Qantas also sponsor the Australian Women’s and Men’s Sevens teams.
On August 23rd the coach of Wallabies Michael Cheika named his 31 man squad for the rugby world cup, with 747-400 registration VH-OJU used as a backdrop in hanger 96 at the Qantas Jet Base in Sydney.
VH-OJU had the same decals applied to its exterior the night before the event, and then afterwards had the decals removed as the aircraft will be retired in October.
A Qantas spokesperson was able to provide Aero Australia with a brief statement about VH-OJU sporting the new special livery.
“The Rugby World Cup is an opportunity for countries around the world to send their best athletes and teams to compete on a global stage.
We recognise the years of training and dedication it takes to reach this milestone and represent the Australian team. We’re very proud to be a part of their journey.”
– The decal was designed by Maleika Craigie, a 17-year-old who lives on the Mission in Goodiwindi and took part in Rugby Australia’s “DreamBigTime” trial, an initiative that engages Indigenous talent across the country and encourages them to play rugby.
– Maleika collaborated with a Qantas graphic artist to bring her design to life on a Qantas 747.
VH-OJU is the third Qantas aircraft to wear a Wallabies themed special livery after a 737 and a A380 wore liveries supporting the 2011 and 2015 rugby world cups respectively.