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Three Airplanes That Do Good for Charity

March 20, 2012 at 9:09 AM | by | ()

Airlines find many reasons to put fancy paint jobs on their airplanes. There's retro throwbacks, cartoon characters, sports teams and more, but we've spotted a few fun other ones lately—airplanes that pay tribute to charities:

Delta's Habitat for Humanity Boeing 767:
Slick blue swipes all around the plane and an unfamiliar logo on the tail? From a distance, it's hard to figure out what airline and airplane this is exactly, but a quick reach back into all that useless knowledge in the pockets of your mind, and you'll see it's actually a Habitat for Humanity logo. Delta supports the cause by arranging for their employees to build houses, but also by funding the organization via the airline's onboard recycling program. More details here.

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Asiana's Unicef A330:
We spotted this Asiana plane at JFK recently, and the little blue "Unicef" logo near its nose made us wonder exactly how many airlines pass the little envelopes in collection. According to the organization itself, those airlines are Aer Lingus, Alitalia, ANA, American Airlines, Asiana, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines and Qantas. Look hard and you'll see a similar Unicef logo on Japan Airlines jets as well—and more than just one.

Southwest's "Spirit of Hope" Boeing 737:
Just like Asiana, Southwest stays minimal with their charity logos. In this case, for the "Spirit of Hope" 737 painted up in 2004, SWA celebrates the 30th anniversary of Ronald McDonald House. Believe it or not, the Ronald McDonald House program is the primary corporate charity of Southwest Airlines, with golf tournaments and everything.

[Photos: Jaunted, Southwest Air]

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