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Photos: Southwest Airlines Honors Missouri with a Special Livery

N280WN the new Missouri One pushes out of an ATI hanger in KC

N280WN, the new Missouri One, pushes out of an ATI hanger in Kansas City

I adore Southwest Airlines and I’m a proud Missourian. Can you imagine how excited I was to attend last week’s special event?! As soon as my Missouri-centric invite came through, I knew we were dealing with a Missouri One, but held back as I didn’t want to ruin the fun. Those who fancy themselves Southwest experts knew something might be up when N280WN (Penguin One- a SeaWorld plane overdue for de-livery as a result of contract termination) entered the paint shop in Spokane, Washington but never left. What could cause such a delay in the paint shop? A new livery, of course!

My first thought when I put two and two together: “Isn’t our state flag kind of boring?” Okay, fine. It is. But our state seal is pretty sweet and thankfully the folks at Southwest and their advertising firm GSD&M took a bit of artistic privilege. The result? My new favorite special-liveried bird. This isn’t the first time they’ve had little to work with, yet hit a home run. Has anyone seen Florida or Nevada’s state flags? Sort of dull, but absolutely stunning on a 737.

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PHOTOS: Lufthansa Paints a Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental in Retro Livery

Front part of Lufthansa's special retro livery on the Boeing 747-8I - Photo: Lufthansa

Front part of Lufthansa’s special retro livery on the Boeing 747-8I – Photo: Lufthansa

Lufthansa was the first airline to fly the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental and now has 16 of the type in service.  Over the history of the airline and the 747 program, Lufthansa has been a very good customer.  They have operated the 747-100, 200, & 400 (with a good portion of those 747-400s still flying).

The airline, as a whole, has been around since 1926 (in some form or another), during which time they have been through a number of liveries.  What better way for an airline to receive their latest aircraft than to paint it in an retro livery?
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Airline Special Liveries of the Week – Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines New Mexcio One on approach to Los Angeles Airport

Southwest Airlines New Mexcio One on approach to LAX

With so many new liveries being released by Spirit, FrontierSouthwest, China Eastern and Etihad, it’s time for a Livery of the Week.  But why look at just one livery – lets look at many.

When I lived in Australia, there were not many choices in the way of special liveries.  With only a handful of airlines and maybe one or two planes in a fleet with the occasional sticker on the side, there wasn’t diversity.  But here in the US, you have many, many different options — which is exciting for a spotter like myself.

The one airline that astounded me as to how many special offerings they have was Southwest.

Southwest's Florida One shows the states seal on the front of the plane - Photo: JL Johnson

Southwest’s Florida One shows the states seal on the front of the plane – Photo: JL Johnson | AirlineReporter

Southwest has many different special liveries, but the most entertaining ones to me are the state liveries.  The state liveries are based upon some of the airline’s more prominent destinations.  Texas, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Maryland, Florida… even Illinois.  They are all named in the same pattern as well.  Generally, the aircraft wears the name of the state and then One.  For instance New Mexico’s aircraft is “New Mexico One.”  California would be California One, but of course everyone knows there is an exception to the rule and that is, of course, Texas.  They call their plane “Lone Star One.”  The good news with Southwest’s recent fleet-wide livery change is that these special aircraft will not be disappearing!

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Special Airline Livery: Nok Air’s 10th Anniversary

Nok Air's brand new 737-800 takes off from Boeing Field in Seattle - Photo: Boeing

Nok Air’s brand new 737-800 takes off from Boeing Field in Seattle – Photo: Boeing

Nok Air already has a pretty sweet and unique looking livery. Now they have another special livery in the fleet to celebrate the airline’s 10th anniversary.

The Boeing 737-800 has the typical bird nose, but special stars, streamers and the 10th anniversary have been added.

“Today is an extremely exciting day for all of us at Nok Air, as the ’10th Anniversary’ aircraft and livery is a symbol of all the hard work and commitment of everyone at Nok Air in the past 10 years to achieve our goal of becoming Thailand’s number one premium low cost carrier,” said Nok Air CEO Patee Sarasin. “We are proud to have worked with Boeing since we started operations and this aircraft also marks a special milestone for our partnership.”

Make sure to notice the small beak on the winglet — now that is classy.

Qantas Launches Latest in Series of “Flying Art” Liveries

Qantas's newest Flying Art Livery “Mendoowoorrji”  - Photo: Qantas

Qantas’s newest Flying Art livery “Mendoowoorrji” – Photo: Qantas

Qantas Airways recently took delivery of the fourth, and latest, aircraft in it’s Aboriginal “Flying Art” livery after an unveiling in Seattle.

Qantas has long had a tradition of special liveries depicting numerous special events, but the “Flying Art” series is iconic and unique to Qantas. Starting in 1993, to celebrate the International Year of Indigenous People, the first Qantas aircraft to get the special treatment was a 747-400 entitled “Wunala Dreaming”.

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