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Most of the time our conversations about Air New Zealand involve the awesomeness that is the in-flight sofa bed or the wackiness of their safety videos. Well this week it looks like they’re adding something else to the neato column, as they’re rolling out a brand new paintjob for some of their planes.
Out with the old and in with the new, as Air New Zealand is going with the official New Zealand Fern Mark as the decoration for the side of their planes. It’s all part of a new agreement with Tourism New Zealand and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, as each group is pretty darn fond of that image as well. The silver fern will be slapped along the side of plenty of white planes, but there will be a few planes that will be painted primarily black—badass.
To start things off right, one of their very first Boeing 787s will get the black look, further solidifying the plane’s cool factor.
Way back when Alaska Airlines held a contest for the kiddos—or keiki—over in Hawaii, as the carrier needed some inspiration for a new livery. They weren’t revamping their current design, but they were looking for something new, snazzy, and colorful. They got exactly that, and now it looks like Alaska Airlines has revealed it for the very first time.
We have to say that this new airplane paint job looks pretty darn great, and it might just be one of our new favorites. The design—thanks to Aaron Nee from Kaiser High School—was chosen from just shy of like 3,000 different entries. It shows off a little bit of Hawaii with images of a canoe, a yellow hibiscus, as well as the island chain.
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Someone over at Finnair is probably not having a good week, as an idea for a unique airplane paint job did not turn out as well as planned. The new livery was slapped onto the side of a plane as intended; however, it sounds like the original artwork might not have been truly original.
The Airbus A330 with the custom paintjob will be updated as soon as possible according to officials at Finnair, as they’re rushing around to fix the problem. Just the other day they were proud to show off a time lapse video of the airplane getting its new look, but now that video has been removed.
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Just the other day we were talking about Frontier, and all of their new fees and charges. Bottom line is that these can be avoided, and the way to get around most of them is to just book directly with the carrier. That means flyfrontier.com is your one and only spot for Frontier tickets, so please skip over Expedia, Orbitz, and all those other websites.
Now to publicize things even more it looks like Frontier is revamping their livery. Don’t worry about their furry and fuzzy animals, as those are certainly sticking around. In fact they even brought Mickey the Moose out of retirement to adorn one of the Airbus airplane tails.
We’ve seen various contests here and there dedicated to airline and airplane liveries, but now there’s a way to play graphic designer anytime and anywhere. Boeing has fired up a pretty neat addition to their website, and they welcome one and all to slap some paint onto the side of a 747-8.
You get a blank slate jumbo jet, and then you’re welcome to rotate it this way and that way to get your livery just right. Boeing has loaded a few different paintbrushes, stamps, and designs, so there are plenty of options from which to choose. There’s a whole bunch of colors, and you can even change up the background. Unfortunately you can’t upload your own logos and photos, so you won’t be able to stick your face onto the belly of the plane.
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Early this morning, the image appeared on BA's instagram with the announcement: "Meet MSN95, our first A380 superjumbo to be painted in the famous red, white and blue livery." Airbus then also chimed in: "The next new #A380 operator in full livery fresh out of our Hamburg paint shop. Looking good @British_Airways."
There are 469 passenger seats inside of it, and all are already on sale from $830 and up, as we announced a month ago. First flights won't happen for several months, however, as regular service is due to begin between London and Los Angeles on October 15 and between London and Hong Kong on November 15, 2013.
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It's not only American Airlines that's got a shiny new toy to play with this month. Nopewave goodbye to Air Pacific and say "Bula" to Fiji Airways, as this week they officially received the keys to their newest baby: a brand spanking new Airbus A330. Let's have a look!
PAR-TAY! It's hot, it's humid, and there's much to celebrate in Fiji this week. This arrival of their first A330 is not only a milestone for the airline, but it's the first physical peek at the hip look of the new Fiji Airways brand. Fun fact: Fiji Airways is the original name of the airline; they only became Air Pacific in 1971 and it's about time to switch things up.
What's more is that the new colors and Fiji Airways name is a return to the cultural heritage of the islands; gone is the rainbow tail that looks like someone drew it in Microsoft Paint, and now we see an intricate pattern taken straight from traditional Fijian Masi tribal designs and tattoos. It's a pount of national pride, this airline, so Fijians turned out en masse to greet the plane at Nadi International Airport yesterday, with a welcome ceremony and some traditional kava drinking.
It’s pretty easy to loose track of time when thinking about a trip over to Seychelles, but now we find ourselves dreaming about Air Seychelles and their latest livery as well. With a fleet of only around four airplanes they’re certainly not the biggest carrier in the world, but we’ve got to say they might just have one of the best paint jobs.
Their latest A330-200 aircraft has a little something extra on its belly, as the plane features the name of the airline—so the folks on the ground know where its headed. The new plane is even named after Vallée de Mai, which is the second UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in Seychelles. The plane is doing its testing thing right now, but should hit the skies packed with passengers as soon as March.
Will this be the winner?
Before we even start to tell you about this contest from Russian airline Aeroflot, a disclaimer: in order to win the prizes, you have to be a Russian citizen living in Russia. Booooo. BUT! If you just enjoy dreaming up artwork for airplanes, then this may be for you anyway.
Here's what's going on. This year is Aeroflot's 90th Anniversary. That's pretty excellent considering airplanes have only existed since the Wright Brothers did their thing in 1903. So this company, which is one of the oldest in aviation, is naturally going to be giving a couple of their airplanes special paint jobs to celebrate. The first is a retro livery, which has already been decided uponcheck it out. The second is up to you, via a contest.
Here's what to do:
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"Becoming a new American."
These are the first words you'll see over at American Airlines' flashy new website detailing their just-announced rebranding. But happens when one becomes a "new American?" For a person, it involves lots of study, a citizenship test and an official swearing-in ceremony with an oath of loyalty. For an airline, it's as simple as updating a logo. Or not so simple.
This rebranding for American represents the stride of a multi-million dollar effort to give the airline a new life via a fresh look, new onboard products, new airplanes, and new hope following the bankruptcy of 2011 and the shadow that cast over all of 2012. In this case, today's unveiling is more a re-christening than a swearing-in.
In American's own words, this massive move to rebrand and the new look "symbolizes our passion for progress and the spirit that is uniquely American."
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Remember way back when Alaska Airlines was looking for a little help to repaint one of their planes? Well it looks like they now have a winner, and one of the Boeing beauties will be heading into the hangar for a fresh coat of paint sooner than later.
Kiddos from Hawaii were asked to pick a design that celebrated creativity, education, and the fun that is exploring new places. The spirit of the islands definitely came through loud and clear with some of the winning entries, and as you can see above the final choice is going to look pretty darn awesome plastered on the outside of a Boeing 737.
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With all the anticipation and drama of a movie premiere, Air New Zealand unveiled their newest livery and this time it's not all-black. In fact, this one is quite the opposite as it's mostly white with "middle-"earthtones and Hobbits all over it.
In short, the Kiwi carrier has painted a scene from the movie The Hobbit:An Unexpected Journey on one of the Boeing 777s that flies between New Zealand and LA, eventually continuing on to London. The grand reveal of the aircraft's new paint job happened in a hangar tarted up to look like a "hobbit-hole."