Just before the end of the year the first-ever commercial Boeing 757 passenger airliner landed on a blue-ice runway at Union Glacier in Antarctica. It was a stunning display not just in man’s ingenuity, but also a visually striking one thanks to the plane’s wrap. It was decorated with graphics applications made in ORAJET 3967AC Aircraft Graphic Film with the overlaminating film ORAGUARD 293AC.
“Landing the first ever commercial aircraft in Antarctica is such a milestone, and Orafol is extremely proud to have taken a small part in this major achievement,” says Evelyn Zocher, sales and marketing director for Orafol’s graphic products division. “We introduced the ORAJET 3967AC Aircraft Graphic Film and ORAGUARD 293AC just two years ago, and already it has become a very well established product in the ever-increasing market for high quality aircraft deco films.”
The Antarctica landing was a joint partnership between Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions, Russia’s Loftleidir Icelandic, and NAS Corporation Limited, with the aim being to research the potential for utilizing conventional passenger airliners for the blue-ice landings instead of only passenger/cargo aircrafts, as had been done in the past.
Antarctica is the highest, windiest, driest and coldest continent on Earth.
“In general, the technical requirements for durability in extreme conditions are very high for graphic aircraft films,” says Zocher. “Withstanding polar conditions such as these in Antarctica is a good example of this. I am pleased to say that the Orafol materials are up for any such challenges.”
To read more, see more photos and watch a professionally produced video about where the landing took place, courtesy of Mashable, click HERE.