Etihad Airways – Formula 1
Etihad Airways were the official sponsors for the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix back in 2009. To do their part in the sponsorship, Etihad decided to decorate one of its planes in the traditional colors of Formula 1 which are red, black and white with the tail painted to look like a chequered flag.
Japan Airlines – Disney Jet
Japan Airlines has been the official partner of Disneyland Tokyo and Tokyo DisneySea Waterpark ever since they opened. Characters such as Micky Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy grace many of the planes the airline has decorated. Japan Airlines announced that they plan to paint six more planes in the future for Disney.
Air New Zealand – The Hobbit
Air New Zealand makes another appearance on this list. 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 it’s 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 honor 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.