Aircraft liveries are an important element in brand recognition, but some carriers have challenged and pushed the bar when it comes to creativity.
We have gathered a collection of our seven favourite aircraft artworks that have flown the skies over the past couple of years.
Alaska Airlines – West Coast Wonders
Early last year, Alaska Airlines revealed its livery inspired by the “natural life of the Pacific Ocean and West Coast waters.” The design, painted on a Boeing 737-9 MAX, conveys the airlines’ goal for environmental sustainability for 2025 and beyond, reducing its climate impact through water, waste and carbon. The deep blue colour scheme and the orcas swimming across the fuselage reflect the orca’s migration between the Baja peninsula and Alaska, many of the airlines’ flights follow this same path.
Flynas – Year of Arabic Calligraphy
Saudi Arabian airline, Flynas, launched a collaboration with the Ministry of Culture with the decoration of the airline’s 12th Airbus A320neo. The colourful installation was completed in partnership with ABC International and Larchfield Aerospace and features the initiative’s logos. You can watch Larchfield complete the design from start to finish here.
Embraer – Tech Eagle
Brazilian jet manufacturer, Embraer has presented its latest in the ‘Profit Hunter’ E195-E2 livery, this time featuring the likeness of an eagle. The ‘Tech Eagle’ showcases a black fuselage with a pattern of blue lines, but the most striking feature of the craft is the nose, painted with the eyes and beak of an eagle. The livery celebrates the manufacturer’s ever-growing E195-E2 orderbook; with previous animal inspired designs including a shark, snow leopard and lion.
ANA – Pickachu Jet NH
Many aircraft feature in the Pokémon livery designed for ANA but the most well known of the Pokémon to be featured is Pikachu. The special Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner showcases a selection of flying Pokémon along the fuselage and even some hidden inside the engines. The livery isn’t the only area of the plane decorated in Pikachu; the headrest covers, host aprons and paper cups & napkins all feature the well loved character.
Nok Air – Boeing 737 Fleet
Nok Air has solidified its ranking as one of the most colourful liveries that span across their entire range of Boeing 737s. Each of their aircraft has a unique and vibrant design, painted as birds complete with the signature beak at the nose of the aircraft. “Nok” is how you would say “bird” in Thai, which wraps the design and name together, establishing themselves as a unique and fun carrier.
Icelandair – Hekla Aurora
The Hekla Aurora is named after a traditional Icelandic girl’s name and the northern lights. The Icelandair livery displays the stunning colours of the Aurora Borealis and Icelandic mountains across the fuselage. The aircraft was painted as part of the campaign to celebrate the Icelandair Stopover, allowing you to stop over in Iceland for no additional airfare, between Europe and North America. The interior is also lit to match the vibrant colours on the outside.
Brussels Airlines – Rackham
Brussels Airlines has been well known in recent years to have eye-catching artwork on their aircraft with the interest in their fleet beginning with Rackham. Back in 2015, the Tintin aeroplane was introduced alongside other aircraft painted with unique liveries. Tintin is one of Belgium’s most famous cultural exports. This striking paint job excited a large group of aviation enthusiasts and social media users, with the aircraft being mentioned on Twitter by almost six million accounts and attracting over 100,000 views to the Brussels Airlines website.
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