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 colors. 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 it’s name, all of it’s aircraft are painted to look like colorful birds. The beak is painted on the nose of the plane and the rest of the plane is painted in many different designs and colors 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.