Crazy, Gaudy, Clever: Airline Paint Jobs

Sep 25, 2013 No Comments by

Does the paint job of an airplane — otherwise known as its livery — make a difference to you? Does a pastel rendering of Hello Kitty or a cuddly panda impart a sense of fun and high spirits? Or does it make you think, “Just who the hell is flying this plane and how serious are they about it, really?”

Either way, airlines around the world have a proud tradition of getting goofy with the looks of their aircraft. Unusual livery designs are often meant to publicize partnerships or promote special events, such as company anniversaries. CNN posted a gallery today that shows a few of its favorites over the years.

For the complete story by Simon Busch of, click here.

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Online Editor I've been around airplanes since I was a kid. That's when my uncle, a professional pilot, showed me how to fly his Cessna 177 Cardinal. l later became a writer and editor, so covering the exciting and ever-changing aviation industry -- which I've been doing in Flight Journal's Flybys since the late '90s -- was a natural fit.
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