This is the special livery of Aeromexicos first Dreamliner 787-9 and it is named Quetzalcoatl (meaning “Feathered Serpent”), a godess of pre-Hispanic Mexico.
This is the first time in aviation history in which a design of this type is painted on an aircraft’s livery, offering a unique fusion of tradition and modernity. Aeromexico’s Quetzalcoatl plane left the Boeing Aircraft Paint Hangar after a nine- day process, six days longer than expected, as the engineers found that they needed extra time to add all of the original hues and colours featured in the winning design.
In November 2014, Aeromexico announced the “Design is in the Air” contest via social media and at several universities, inviting participants to submit a creative image to be painted on an aircraft’s fuselage. More than 1,000 participants presented their designs during the four-week contest period, 400 of which were chosen for meeting the requirements established in the rules. The winning design was created by graphic designer Jose Manuel Escudero of the Mexican state of Veracruz.
Commenting on the livery Aeromexico’s CEO Andres Conesa said:
“At Aeromexico, we are very excited about the buzz the Quetzalcoatl design has generated. As Mexico’s flagship carrier, this aircraft will become an icon of our fleet and a reflection of what Mexico is today, with culture and tradition represented in what we consider to be one of the most sophisticated creations of modern aviation engineering.”
Conesa added, “We hope this plane will make our country proud. Quetzalcoatl will fly between major airports in Europe and Asia visited by millions of travellers each year.”