Traveling on an around-the-world ticket, you’re likely to find yourself on a lot airplanes, which forces you to look out at a lot of runaways, which can be a pretty dull pastime. What better way than to break up a rainy gray tarmac than by spotting a specially decked out special airline liveries. Heh?
The choice of airline liveries lies wholly at the discretion of the airline that owns it (or the corporate entity that owns the airline), most being relegated to the standard branding. But every so often one will break ranks and throw down something fabulous to mark a special occasion. Usually airline special liveries are used to promote a cause or event, or to spotlight a symbol of national pride, but sometimes, just sometimes, if the planets are aligned just so, they’ll take a chance with something far afield.
Today, I’ve put together a selection of those oddball choices, some of the weirdest airline liveries ever photographed. And after finalizing it, I’m inclined to ask the question, would it give you pause to see one of these pushed up against your jetway? Could you imagine your little face framed inside one of those windows?
A few years ago AirAsia regaled one of their planes with “Junior Jet Club” livery to advertise their Junior Jet Frequent Flier program aimed at young frequent fliers. Fly Junior Jet, fly!
Low-cost, South African carrier 1Time Airlines promotes their direct flights to Livingstone, Zambia (safari country!) with some wild livery.
With a very sexy, and giant, Adam & Eve, Sky Airlines based out of Turkey promotes Adam & Eve hotels.
D’oh! You’re flying in a Simpsons plane! Western Pacific Airlines was taking ads from everyone for a while.
Air China’s Beijing Olympics Fuwa plane.
China’s Shenzhen Airlines loves odd headband-wearing balloon creatures. Whatever, they’re smiling.
Source Aviation Branding Blog
Air Do, also known as Hokkaido International Airlines, is a low-cost carrier based in Tokyo. They also love adorable teddy-bears who sit in bean-bag chairs and like to paint.
ANA has been known to cover their planes with the most ostentatious liveries anywhere. From 1998, here’s Pokemon, which proved so popular the airline launched four more Pokemon editions. The interior of these planes were Pokemon-themed too!
They can’t hide their love for Peanuts either. Here’s a 4-story tall Snoopy!
They also had a cow.
The Wallabies is the nickname for the Australian national rugby team. Who do very well I might add. Not surprising Qantas likes to promote them. Not to be outdone, Air New Zealand did something similar.
Here’s Qantas going Aborigine.
Germanwings loves to sparkle on the tarmac a la, the Berlin “BearBus”. Here they are showing off the official symbol and ambassador to Berlin, the bear. So adorable, but it looks more like a raccoon with a suntan to me.
Source Bing Travel.
More Germanwings madness.
For a time Alaska Airlines was going hog wild bedazzling their planes with theme liveries – they have tons. For more take a look at their Facebook page.
Alaska = dolphin, um, dog sledding.
For reasons unclear, Starcraft is the definitive game to play in Korea, so much so that people loved it when they could suddenly take the game with them when flying Korean Air.
Kuban is a division of the Russian carrier Aeroflot. With altogether better taste. Look how pretty this plane is!
These two are from South Africa’s discount carrier Air Kulula, who may not be massive but it’s sense of humor certainly is. Check out their lime-green camouflage livery!
Peace and love from Switzeraland. This plane commemorated Swiss’ nonstop service from Zurich to San Francisco.
Not odd, but beautiful. All 747s should be so sexy. Thanks Malaysia!
From the not-as-sexy-as-they-wanted file, Zsuzsa Laky was Miss Hungary and Miss Europe in 2003, and they put her on a plane! This image makes her look like an alien. Sad, really.
Bangkok Air promotes the beauty of their Asian destinations. Lovely, huh.
Source, Bruce Drum.
Norwegian Air gets the prize for the most questionable choice of airline livery, even though I see where they’re coming from.
Source Bruce Drum
And as a parting blow: Oh, Air France, how could you?
Do you have any odd livery photo contributions? Leave links down in the comments, we’d love to see!