Need to channel your inner artist? Your inner ninja? Your inner panda?
In a contest sponsored by Hainan Airlines, you can do all three at once while designing a special 787-9 livery featuring the characters from the Kung Fu Panda movie franchise. Grand prize winners receive a free trip to China and their handiwork displayed on the world stage – as the actual livery on a globetrotting 787-9 Dreamliner.
The contest, which runs through Sept. 30, is open to residents of the United States and Canada, except in states and provinces where these kinds of promotions are prohibited. Boeing employees and their family members are not eligible to win prizes, but can take part in the contest.
Hainan, based in Haikou, China, is using the contest to build on its growing presence in North America, where it serves a number of markets including Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Toronto.
To design a livery and submit it for consideration, visit http://www.hainanairlines.com/go/kfp.html and follow the directions. Contestants will use the latest version of an online livery design tool developed by Boeing and used previously for contests featuring the 787 Dreamliner and the 747-8 Intercontinental.
Hainan is planning to put unique Kung Fu Panda liveries on six 787-9s it will receive in the coming months, the first later this month. The livery chosen in the contest will appear on a Dreamliner scheduled to deliver later in the year. Three additional Kung Fu Panda liveries will appear on 787-9s to be delivered in 2017.
Hainan operates a mixed fleet that includes Boeing 737s, 767s and 787s. In all, it has ordered 40 787s, including 30 787-9s.