Tame Airlines Airbus A319. Image Sylvain2803 / Wikipedia / CC.
Tame Airlines (or TAME or tame) is the flag carrier of Ecuador and was founded in 1962. The airline mostly serves Ecuador, but also offers flights to Colombia, Panama, Venezuela and seasonally to Cuba.
Tame’s previously livery was unique and I have to admit better — almost. The biggest mistake with the old livery was keeping the nose cap white. Paint it to match the rest of the aircraft and you have yourself a livery that people will remember. Not to say that the new, almost all white, livery is bad, just not original, since many designs today contain too much white.
The airline has put in quite a bit of effort updating their fleet (they ran 727’s as recently as 2009) and they currently operate a fleet of 15 aircraft including the Airbus A319, A320, ATR 42-500, Embraer E170 and E190.
One of VivaColombia’s Airbus A320s. Image by Santiago Narayana via Wikipedia.
VivaColombia (5Z), according to their website, is “the first and only low-cost airline of Colombia.” They started in May of 2012 and operate a fleet of four Airbus A320s that service nine Colombian destinations.
They hope to grow their fleet by three additional A320s, all configured in a snug 180 seats, and expand to destinations in Central, South and North America.
The livery is simplistic and has different color balls, representing the three colors of the Colombian flag. I think the livery looks okay, but would probably look better on the shorter A319 or A318.
If the design looks familiar, probably because it is the same concept used by VivaAerobus, based in Mexico. Both airlines have some common investors, which explains the “stolen” livery design. I think it comes off better on the shorter Boeing 737-300 of VivaAerobus versus the longer A320.
California Pacific Airlines has a pretty slick livery on their E-170. Photo from the airlines Facebook.
If the livery of California Pacific Airlines doesn’t look familiar to you, that is probably because the airline is not operational yet.
California Pacific Airlines was founded in 2009 and they plan to start revenue flights by the end of 2012. Earlier this week, their first of four Embraer E-170se, was brought to their homebase at McClellan-Palomar Airport (CLD).
CLD is located in Carlsbad, CA, just north of San Diego. They plan to fly to Oakland, Sacramento, and San Jose, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.
The airline will have their aircraft configured in a two class lay-out with a total of 72 seats on the inside and an impressive livery on the outside. Their original livery plan was not as nice as this one and with the shades of blue and the wave on the tail, I really like what they ended up with.
Additional Photos of California Pacific Airlines Livery:
Sky Express Boeing 737-500 in the snow. Photo by Ostersund Photography.
It is a bird. It is a plane… well, it kind of is a plane, but is that a man painted on the tail? It sure is and he is flying.
Unfortunately, the airline doesn’t technically exist and was wrapped in with Kuban Airlines. The plus is Kuban is still flying the Sky Express 737s with their old and colorful livery.
Sky Express started operations in 2007, but went out of business in 2011. It was based at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow.
It was the first Russian low-cost airline and operated a fleet of Boeing 737-300, 737-500 and Airbus A319.
Eastern Airways Embraer 135 (G-CGMB) in special patriotic livery. Photo by Eastern Airways.
Eastern Airways is an airline based out of Humberside Airport (HUY) in England. The airline operates a fleet of 30 regional aircraft including the Jetstream 41, Embraer ERJ135 and the SAAB 2000. They were founded in 1997 and currently fly to 21 destinations.
This summer, Eastern Airways has decided to paint one of their ERJ135 in a special Union Jack livery. The “Best of British” livery was created to commemorate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
“The Best of British livery will be seen all over our scheduled and charter network over the coming months, celebrating both our heritage and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, as we join in with our passengers and the rest of the country to mark this great occasion,” Kay Ryan, Eastern Airways commercial director stated in a press release.
This is the airline's standard livery. Not too shabby, but the Union Jack is quite impressive. Image from NMOS332 / Flickr.
Easter Airway’s standard livery is not bad looking, but it does look a bit boring next to the special Union Jack livery. Part of me hopes that those who are the decision makers at the airline like the special livery so much that it becomes their new standard. If not, you can at least enjoy the special livery over the summer.