An Adam Air Boeing 737-200.

An Adam Air Boeing 737-200 (PK-KKF).

Adam Air started operations in 2003 with its main base of operations in Jakarta, Indonesia using two Boeing 737s. It seemed the airline might have a bright future, offering cheap fares, combined with higher end service. At one point they operated 22 737s to over 20 different destinations. Unfortunately, Adam Air was plagued by multiple accidents, safety violations and corruption.

The worst incident occurred on January 1, 2007 when Adam Air Flight 574, a Boeing 737-400, crashed into the ocean, killing all 102 people on-board. The airline was heavily criticized for their safety practices and were forced to shut down their operations in June 2008.

Although the airline had a lot of issues, at least they did the livery right.  They made good use of the color orange on the fuselage, but I am not a huge fan of the green “AIR.” I think the livery even makes this older Boeing 737-200 look newer. There really should be more airlines that make orange their main color (ie easyJet).

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I love the angel on the tail. The front 2/3 of the livery could use a little tweaking. Good start though. Too bad about their safety record.

It’s a rip-off! This is pretty much Air Tahiti Nui’s livery with different colours!

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