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Enjoying the Airbus A330 Liveries of JFK

All the different A330 liveries of JFK - Photo: Jason Rabinowitz

All the different A330 liveries of JFK – Photos: Jason Rabinowitz

The Airbus A330 is not typically known for being a beautiful aircraft. It is, however, a workhorse; one that flies thousands of people per day around the world safely and (most of the time) comfortably.

Since I was a child, I have been interested in airline liveries. You might tell from our Airline Livery of the Week and Ultimate Livery Challenges. I was always fascinated by how you can have the exact same aircraft look so different because of the paint on the outside. In one design, the plane might look amazing, but in another, a bit horrid.

To help celebrate the diversity of airline liveries, I wanted to share the above combination of photos showing all of the different liveries that show up at John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Contributor Jason Rabinowitz lives close to the airport and is able to take these shots.

But this begs the question: which ones do you like the most and the least? (be sure to click on the image to see a larger version)

Personally, I have always been a fan of the Aeroflot livery, and have felt that it might be time for Alitalia to update their livery.

Airline Livery of the Week: Blue1 and Their Boeing 717 Fleet

A Blue1 Boeing 717 in Manchester - Photo: Ken Fielding

A Blue1 Boeing 717 in Manchester – Photo: Ken Fielding

Blue1 is based in Copenhagen and is owned by the SAS Group. Their fleet of nine Boeing 717s fly to destinations around Europe, but mostly within Finland.

BONUS: Video of Blue1 Boeing 717

They offer wet leases for other airlines, tour operators, and a variety of other long/short-term deals.

Blue1 also offers a pretty slick looking livery. It starts with a blue tail and swirls and gradients itself into lighter blue and purple hues before becoming white in the front. It goes against the boring European white liveries that have become more popular, and is quite a bit more exciting than its parent’s much more boring livery.

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Airline Livery of the Week: Air Caraïbes and its Tropical Feel

An Air Caraïbes Airbus A330 touching down at St. Martin - Photo: Bernie Leighton

An Air Caraïbes Airbus A330 touching down at St. Martin – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

Air Caraïbes is based at Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport (airport code: PTP) in Guadeloupe. It is a French airline, founded in July of 2000, that mostly flies from Paris to destinations in the Caribbean. In 2012, the airline flew 1.2 millions passengers, 750,000 of which were on long-haul routes.

It operates a fleet of five Airbus A330s (one -200 and four -300s) and three ATR 72s. They currently have six A350s on order (three for the -900 and three for the -1000).

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PHOTOS: Airbus Shows off Special “Carbon” Livery on Third A350

Click Image for Larger Verion. Photo and information from Airbus: On Thursday 2nd January 2014 Airbus rolled-out its third A350 XWB flight-test aircraft, MSN2, from the paint shop in Toulouse, marking yet another successful milestone on the path to entry-into-service in Q4 2014. As well as featuring a distinctive “Carbon” signature livery to reflect its primary construction from advanced materials, this aircraft is also the first of two A350 flight test aircraft to be equipped with a full passenger cabin interior. MSN2 will join the A350 XWB flight test fleet in the coming weeks and will be the first A350 to transport passengers when it undertakes the Early Long Flights (ELF) later in the year. Composite materials in Airbus aircraft have seen a step-by-step introduction that started with the A310 which was first rolled-out in February 1982. Benefiting from over 30 years of composite material experience, 53% of the A350 XWB’s airframe is made-up of carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) including Airbus’ first carbon-fibre fuselage.

Airbus’ third A350 XWB (MSN2) shows off a special livery. Photo: Airbus

Today Airbus unveiled a special livery on their third A350 XWB (MSN2). The “carbon” signature livery celebrates the aircraft’s usage from advance materials, like (wait for it) carbon.

Not only does this aircraft has a slick outside, it will also be the first test A350 to be equipped with a full passenger interior. It will still be a few weeks before MSN2 joins the A350 test fleet (currently just MSN1). The aircraft will undertake Early Long Flights (ELF) later this year.

This livery looks as good coming as going. Photo: Airbus

This livery looks as good coming as going. Photo: Airbus

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Airline Livery of the Week: Air Astana

Air Astana Boeing 767-300ER taken at Paine Field by Bernie  Leighton.

Air Astana Boeing 767-300ER at Paine Field – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter.com

Air Astana is an airline based in Almaty, Kazakhstan and is the flag carrier of the country. The airline started operations in 2002 and runs a diverse fleet of aircraft including the Airbus A319, A320, A321, Boeing 757, 767, and the Embraer 190. They also have three Boeing 787 Dreamliners on order. According to the airline, they plan to “expand the fleet to 33 aircraft by the end of 2016, and to 43 aircraft by 2020.”

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