UPDATE | February 17, 2012 | Air Australia has shut down after running out of cash. All planes have been grounded and all flights cancelled, leaving thousands of passengers stranded as administrators step in to take control of the airline. Read our latest story for more details.
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The Brisbane-based airline will showcase its new lime-and-white Air Australia livery in the flesh – or rather “in the metal”, on an Airbus A320 – and reveal the matching cabin crew uniforms at an invitation-only media launch to be held this Thursday morning, November 3.
Trumpeted as a reveal for “Australia’s newest airline”, the Airbus will sport a stand-out green and gold livery designed by CumminsRoss and derived from the new Air Australia brand.
“The challenge was to convey a modern Australian aviation product, for a company with its own heritage and an instant sense of familiarity and like-ability” explains CumminsRoss’ Sean Cummins.
“The Air Australia symbol is a stylised boomerang, the most striking icon of flight in the Australian lexicon. Because of the company’s strong history as a defence force charter company we have also incorporated the rising sun, also a strong Australian symbol also found on the Australian Army badge.”
“Green is our key colour with a hint of gold and subtle silver-grey representing gum trees, koalas and grey kangaroos.”
Strategic hopes the eye-catching look will help boost awareness of the airline ahead of a planned mid-December launch of services to the US.
Air Australia will initially run two flights per week from Melbourne and Brisbane to the USA, although due to the use of mid-range A330s, in this instance USA means 'Honolulu', with an onwards connection to the mainland via a US-based partner.
The airline also intends to begin flying four times daily on the domestic trunk route between Brisbane and Melbourne by December.