Air New Zealand has unveiled its first aircraft – an Airbus A320 registered ZK-OXB – to be painted in carrier’s bold new monochromatic fern livery.

The livery is the second iteration of Air New Zealand’s new corporate branding first revealed in July 2012, and part of a substantial NZD$20 million marketing campaign with Tourism New Zealand. The new livery, of which there will eventually also be a black version, features the official New Zealand fern mark in harmony with the airline’s Koru logo.

In a media release Air New Zealand says, “while most of the fleet will sport this white version of the livery, the airline will also continue to have a small number of signature aircraft in an all black version.” Carry-on’s guess? Bet on this being saved for the airline’s first Boeing 787-9 to be delivered in mid-2014.

Air New Zealand’s first aircraft – A320 ZK-OXB – in the new fern livery. Image: Air New Zealand.