Updated October 18, 2016
The choice of airline liveries lies wholly at the discretion of the airline (or the corporate entity that owns the airline), and most fall in line with standard (and not very interesting) branding. But every so often the livery of an airline will break ranks and throw down something fabulous to mark a special occasion. Usually airline’s special liveries are used to promote a cause or event, or to spotlight a symbol of national pride, but sometimes (if the planets are aligned just so) they’ll take a chance with something far afield.
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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 features these odd headband-wearing balloon creatures. Whatever, at least they’re smiling.
Source Aviation Branding Blog
Air Do, also known as Hokkaido International Airlines, a low-cost carrier based in Tokyo outfitted a plane with adorable teddy-bears who sit in bean-bag chairs, eating, reading and painting.
ANA has been known to cover their planes with the most ostentatious liveries anywhere. Here’s a Pokemon-themed livery from 1998, which proved so popular the airline launched four more- the interior of these planes were Pokemon-themed too!
They can’t hide their love for Peanuts either. Here’s a 4-storey tall snowboarding Snoopy!
Who says planes don’t say moo?
The Wallabies is a nickname for the Australian national rugby team promoted on this Qantas plane. Air New Zealand did something similar for their team.
Here’s Qantas with an Aborigine – themed plane.
Germanwings loves to sparkle on the tarmac. Here they are showing off the official symbol and ambassador to Berlin, the bear. Pretty cute, but it looks more like a raccoon with a bad spray tan to me.
Source Bing Travel.
More Germanwings madness.
For a time Alaska Airlines was going hog wild bedazzling their planes with theme liveries – this one is pretty fishy. To check out more designs take a look at their Facebook page.
Alaska = dolphin, um, dog sledding?
For reasons unclear, Starcraft is the game to play in Korea, so much so that people loved this Starcraft-themed livery by Korean Air.
Kuban is a division of the Russian carrier Aeroflot. Look how pretty this sunflower plane is!
These two are from South Africa’s discount carrier Air Kulula, who have a pretty great sense of humor. 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.
A lovely Artsy Asian-destination themed livery from Bangkok Air .
Source, Bruce Drum.
Norwegian Air’s Unicef Livery.
Source Bruce Drum
Oh, Air France, how could you?