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Here’s an airplane that you don’t see everyday, but with its new livery and look we kind of wish it was around our neighborhood so we could check it out in person.
Iraqi Airways is spiffing up the brand and business with a new look, and we’ve got to say that the effort is paying off. The new livery gets the branding across in a classic—yet contemporary—look. Of course we wouldn’t be opposed to a special paintjob here or there to celebrate some national treasures or special occasions, but for now we like what we see.
Keep an eye out for the plane in Iraq—obviously—but also in spots like London, Copenhagen, Turkey, and Germany. They even have some orders in the queue for their very own Boeing 787s, but it looks like it might be a pretty long wait until those arrive.
[Photo: Facebook / Iraqi Airways]
[Photo: Facebook / Iraqi Airways]
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To start the week off we figured we’d share a little bit of a distraction the form of a new airplane paint job, and this one comes to us from the fun folks over at Southwest Airlines. We know that Southwest is a big fan of animals—from puppies to ponies—but they also have a well-documented spot in their hearts for penguins.
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It's not everyday passengers get the chance to fly on a purple plane, especially in America where we are constantly subject to boring primary colors (with the exception of Southwest) and the regular arrival of "Eurowhite" international aircraft. If you've been lucky enough to pass through some exotic ports of call, it's not uncommon to come across more vibrantly hued planes.
Today we're going to "keep it royal" by taking a peek at some of these aubergine aircraft:
Thai Airways: Here's one you don't have to travel too far to see since you might catch a glimpse of it at LAX. It even has a little shimmer to it!
[Photo: Aero Icarus/Flickr]
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.
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We find it exciting to walk through an airport and catch a glimpse of a specially painted airplane gliding by the windows, or even sneak a peek at vibrant liveries while taxiing to our gate in a foreign land. Thankfully the airline world is chock full of super quirky, stand-out airplane designs and, while some make us raise an eyebrow and tilt our head, all bring a smile and make us reach for our camera.
Here are some of the more flamboyant aircraft paint jobs::
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.