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ANA Breaks the Internet with Some Star Wars Nerdom

ANA's tribute to R2-D2 is truly a masterpiece. Image- ANA.

ANA’s tribute to R2-D2 is truly a masterpiece. Image- ANA.

We all know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming out Christmas of this year. We even saw the second teaser trailer on April 16 of this year, BB-8 is adorable.

Just look at this thing. This is going to sell more models than the VC-25A! Image- ANA.

Just look at this thing. This is going to sell more models than the VC-25A! Image: ANA

What we did not expect is that ANA would partner with Disney to launch what they are calling their Star Wars project that will take five years to complete. While we don’t know much about what the project will entail- we do know that it’s all starting with a new-build 787-9 that will be coming “this Autumn.”

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Video: A Sun Country Boeing 737-800 Gets a Fresh Paint Job

This time-lapse from our friends at Jet Midwest offers a rare glimpse into the plane repainting process from start-to-finish. The clip begins with a Sun Country Boeing 737-800 (N804SY) landing at Kansas City International Airport. After a fast and furious time-lapse of less than five minutes, we witness what could easily be mistaken for a brand-new plane heading back to its home base in Minneapolis, MN (MSP).

At first, you see that the paint is noticeably weathered but still beautiful in its own right. In fact, I contend that the 12 year-old paint job, as-is, was arguably more attractive than a brand-new paint job with most of the larger airlines who sport “Eurowhite” liveries (can you tell that I do not like bland liveries?)

BONUS: Lost Airline Livery: An Orange Donbassaero Airbus A320

The paint scheme that Sun Country planes sport is what many AvGeeks would refer to as a “jelly bean” livery; i.e. at the very minimum, a brightly-colored plane. There is however some dissent in the community that argues a true “jelly bean” requires that each plane be slightly different, for example the historic liveries of Braniff seen below.

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Lost Airline Livery: An Orange Donbassaero Airbus A320 Gets Parted

An in-your-face view of the nose. Photo courtesy of Joe McBride, Kansas City Aviation Department

An in-your-face view of the nose. Photo courtesy of Joe McBride, Kansas City Aviation Department

Today I pay my respects to a little-known (now defunct) Ukrainian airline by honoring their wild livery and individualism. Donbassaero’s bold, in-your-face paint scheme oddly reminds me of something you might see on a 1970s muscle car like the Oldsmobile 442.

This livery and airline is extra special. You see, while the rest of the world’s airlines were trending towards boring, mostly white (read: cheap) liveries referred to as “Eurowhite,” Donbassaero did the opposite.

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Airline Livery of the Week: AeroGal and Their Rad Eurowhite Design

Photo courtesy of Joe McBride, Kansas City Aviation Department

An AeroGal Boeing 767-300ER. Photo courtesy of Joe McBride, Kansas City Aviation Department.

I’ll be the first to admit it, I absolutely despise Eurowhite liveries. Unfamiliar with Eurowhite? The term refers to an all/mostly white plane with a bit of decoration here and there.

A Eurowhite livery is cheap, boring, uninspired and a huge loss from a branding and brand recognition perspective. Be that as it may, it’s a trend that started in Europe and quickly spread across the world. But not all is lost, let’s examine an airline that managed to take a boring concept and spruce it up a bit. Never thought I’d say it, but this is a Eurowhite livery that I’m a fan of.

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Airline Livery of the Week- Tiara Air’s Colorful Aruba Boeing 737

Tiara Air’s Boeing 737-300. Photo courtesy of Tiara Air.

I think more airlines should be named after the kids of their founders. Imagine how much more personal an airline like American would be if it had a name like “Nicole Airlines.”

Tiara Air, based at Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba, was founded by Alejandro Muyale and named for his daughter Tiara Muyale. Tiara (the airline) flies to locations in the Carribean and South America, with newly added routs to Caracas, Maracaibo, Fort Lauderdale and St. Maarten. Yes, U.S. citizens, that means Tiara can now make your Aruba dreams come true!

The airline flies two Short 360 twin-engine turboprop aircraft and the Boeing 737-300 seen here.

The livery on this plane is somewhat predictable, though festive. Yellow and blue cheatlines run down the length of the fuselage, with the word “Aruba” and a red star slapped, somewhat awkwardly, onto the forward section. It looks cool, and leaves no question as to the destination of the plane. The blue tail includes the company logo and, what else, a tiara.

What do you think of Tiara Air’s livery on its 737-300?

This story written by…Travis Griffith.Travis is a published author and professional writer who believes in driving fast, flying high and living today like there’s no tomorrow. Automobiles, aviation and travel top the long list of his varied interests.

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