2017 National Image Aircraft Painting – Top 10 List

Published on : Wednesday, January 11, 2017

national-image-aircraft-paintingThe 2017 National Image Aircraft Painting – Top 10 List was introduced by the World Tourism Development. They are as follows:

China United Airlines – Create Dream
The aircraft is operated by China United Airlines (CUA) and has been painted with patterns that include Inner Chinese Sui and Tang Dynasties Art elements. The aircraft presents a picture of a serene Mongolian grassland.


Air New Zealand – All Blacks
To commemorate its sponsorship for the New Zealand All Blacks, Air New Zealand turned one of its planes literally all black, with the trademark silver fern logo painted at the end of the plane. They have six planes painted black since 2011, which are still in service these days.

Singapore Airlines – Tropical Megatop
Singapore Airlines painted two Boeing 747s in the late 1990s in a paint job called the ‘Tropical Megatop which was done for promoting the airlines new first class and business class. However, one of these planes, crashed in Taiwan on its way to Las Vegas, killing 83 people on-board. The other plane was immediately repainted afterwards, and hence, this paint job doesn’t exist anymore.

Austrian Airlines – Wiener Philharmoniker
Austria’s airline, Austrian Airlines, decided to show off their classical history by painting one of their planes with violins, bassoons, cellos and other various classical instruments as a tribute to the Vienna Philharmonic. It was painted in 2006 but unfortunately repainted a year later so this paint job doesn’t exist anymore!


British Airways – Golden Dove

To promote the London 2012 Olympics, British Airways held a contest for designing one of its planes for the event. Out of the many entries submitted, the golden dove was the winning design. Golden feathers are decorated around the lane and even the jet engines are tinted gold. The logo, which is traditionally red and blue, is also painted gold.

Qantas – Wunala Dream
Qantas decided to show off its countries aboriginal culture and heritage by painting its planes in traditional Aboriginal art. The first plane was painted in 1994 and 3 more have been painted thereafter. A team of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists helped to create its extremely colorful designs.

Alaska Air – Salmon-Thirty-Salmon
Alaska Air introduced a plane called the ‘Salmon-Thirty-Salmon in 2005, which was done to celebrate the airlines’ unique relationship with the people and communities of Alaska and to promote the state’s seafood industry. The plane was repainted in 2011 to the disappointment of many and after a yearlong outcry, the airline brought back the paint job in 2012.

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 along with traditional Thai temples.

Malaysia Airways – Hibiscus
In 2005, Malaysia Airways decorated two of its Boeing 747′s with exotic designs based on red Hibiscus flowers, since it’s the national flower of Malaysia. Unfortunately, the planes were repainted back to their old schemes in 2008, which means that this awesome design doesn’t exist anymore.

Lufthansa – Football Nose
Germany held the World Cup in 2006 and Lufthansa decided to do their bit by simply painting a football onto the nose of the plane. Lufthansa did this to 40 of its fleet.

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