Three great Alaska Airlines Timbers livery. Which is your favorite?

Three great Alaska Airlines Timbers livery. Which is your favorite? Images from Alaska Airlines. Click for larger.

The selection process had to be rigged! Back in February, Alaska Airlines had a competition to allow people to design a new Portland Timbers livery that would fly on a Boeing 737-700. I created, what I think was a pretty rad livery and it is not one of the finalists? I smell scandal. Okay, I really didn’t submit that and the three that are the finalists are much better than mine.

Let’s have a little fun. Which of these three liveries do you like best? #1, which was designed by Paul Wright, #2 designed by John Bode or #3 which was done by Lee Zeman.

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Don’t stress too much over the vote, since it really doesn’t matter too much. You see, Alaska has already made their decision. Alaska liked Wright and Bode’s designs so much, they are going to combine them and make one super livery.

About 500 fans submitted their livery ideas to Alaska Airlines and the winners were selected by folks from Alaska and the Portland Timbers. Zeman’s livery ended up getting second place and there were seven others with honorable mentions. Bode and Wright not only get to see their artwork fly around Alaska’s route, but also get a VIP trip to the Timbers home opener on April 14th.

After the new livery is official unveiled in early May in Portland, it will start regular service. To see the other top seven, check them out on the Timber’s website.

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No Sounders livery, Alaska? Boo.

Don’t be a hater! We got to have love for all the people in the northwest :).


Seriously! Seattle based airline repping the Timbers? Fail.

Well, they do A LOT in Seattle and have quite a few flights out of Portland — it makes sense.


Matt Baillie

#3 is my favorite, but I’d be interested in knowing what the weights of each livery would be.

I sort of like #2 and #3….but I think #3 is the winner. I didn’t even know about this little contest. And Portland needs all of the representation it can get — Portland (and many other AS cities) have been the ugly step children for many years now falling far behind Seattle. AS must branch out in its exposure far beyond Seattle to continue over the long term.

It will be interesting to see what the hybrid will look like. I think Dave’s should have won.

I entered, but I didn’t think I’d win. It was a little too airplane and not enough soccer-fan. I don’t even like soccer. I just thought it would be fun to design a plane. I’m no graphics designer by any means.

Here’s my lame entry.

Pago Flyer

So what’s a Portland Timber?

I’m pretty sure it’s wood from the Portland area. I’m not sure that lumber is what I want any of my players associated with. Even the bad ones who spend all their time “riding the pine”.


Realizing, my comment has nothing to do with new Portland Livery. I had chance fly Alaska Airlines couple weeks ago from SEA/OAK/SEA/ORD when booked through Service between SEA/OAK was fair. But I enjoyed in flight service from OAK/SEA operated by Horizon CRJ700. Long haul segment SEA/ORD service can be upgraded if competing against AA B378W equipped with in-flight entertainment.


I like #1 the best, but have no idea who submitted it. Special liveries are expensive and somone has to pay for them. Guess who? At times, they can also add some serious headaches for ATC/Ground control staff. I don’t think that ANYONE buys a ticket based on one airplane’s paint job, so let’s skip the advertising benefit. Cut the cost, make it simple and, where possible paint with safety in mind. I know that this is not a popular view, but these are working machines, not decorative surfaces. Blast away… -C.

Delta is really big on not having special liveries. They feel they want to keep their brand image consistent. However, there are many more that have special liveries. I think it does get them more attention. Not like I am going to write a story on a Boeing 737-700 getting standard livery. It is also creates relationships.

As an airline livery fan, I love them.


Portland Timbers is the MLS soccer team.

This is what I was referring to…

Pago Flyer
March 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm
So what”s a Portland Timber?

March 22, 2011 at 12:39 pm
I”m pretty sure it”s wood from the Portland area. I”m not sure that lumber is what I want any of my players associated with. Even the bad ones who spend all their time ”riding the pine”.

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