AMAZING AEROPLANE PAINT JOBS
Added on: 31st May 2015
AIR NEW ZEALAND – THE HOBBIT
To celebrate the release of The Hobbit and to promote the country’s
film and tourism industry, the airline painted one of its planes with the
characters from the film. Even a specially made safety video was
filmed using the Hobbit characters for this plane.
ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS – FLY PANDA
In 2007, to celebrate 20 years of flying to China from Japan,
All Nippon Airlines painted one of its planes as a Panda, one
of China’s national symbols. It’s still in service today and is
appropriately called the “Fly Panda”.
THAI AIRWAYS – ROYAL BARGE
To celebrate and honour the king of Thailand, Thai Airways painted
Three of its planes with the image of the two traditional royal barges,
on either side. These traditional barges stretch from both sides of
the plane and even have small people painted on them to add
attention to detail as well as traditional Thai temples.
SWISS AIR – SAN FRANCISCO
Swiss Air unveiled a San Francisco themed plane job to celebrate
the launch of its non-stop flight from Zurich to San Francisco.
The flower power design includes peace symbols, music notes,
love hearts and words painted in hippy like fonts and colours.
It took eight people, three days to paint the aircraft.
NOK AIR – BIRD
Nok Air is an airline from Thailand. Nok is the Thai word for bird so in
English the name can literally be translated into “Bird Air”.
To play homage to its name, all of its aircraft are painted to look like
colourful birds. The beak is painted on the nose of the plane and
the rest of the plane is painted in many different designs and
colours to make up the feathers.
Alaska Air brought out a plane called the “Salmon-Thirty-Salmon” in
2005 (that’s a play on words for 737 which is the type of plane the
airline decorated, a Boeing 737). It was done to celebrate the airlines
unique relationship with the people and communities of Alaska and to
also promote the state’s seafood industry. The plane was unfortunately
repainted in 2011 to the dismay of many and after a year-long outcry,
the airline brought back the paint job in 2012.
KULULA AIRLINES – FLYING 101
South African airline, Kulula Airlines was more than creative with this
paint job. The plane is decorated with labels that describe the various
parts of the plane and gives a brief description for what they’re used for.
The airline did this to raise awareness of some of the unknowns of
aviation and to also raise awareness of air safety.
ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS – POKEMON JETS
Japanese airline, All Nippon Airways, has been decorating it’s
planes with the characters from Pokemon ever since 1998 to
promote Japanese culture. Nicknamed the Pokemon Jets, the airline
has six of them which are still in use today. It’s not just the outside
that is decorated though, even cabin, headrests, uniforms,
food containers and souvenir bags are decorated in Pokemon
designs to make the experience a little bit more special.