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.
Sierra Pacific Airlines Boeing 737-200 taken at Boeing Field (BFI). Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren.
I am always game for an airline in the US operating with a few classic Boeing 737-200s. It is rare to find one still operating in the US and soon, it will surely be impossible.
Sierra Pacific Airlines was founded in 1971 and currently operates two 737-200s (N703S and N712S) out of their base in Tucson, AZ. The airline runs charters and sub-charters for other airlines, while also running flights for the US Forest Service, US Military and the US Marshals.
Like most classic airliners, comes a classic livery and Sierra Pacific is no different. The livery rocks that cheat-line that is not seen on many of today’s modern jets.
Seeing this livery next to others a bit more modern, it comes up a bit short. Yet seeing it as an historical package, how can one not like it?
A Small Planet Boeing 737-300. Photo from Small Planet Airlines / Flickr
Small Planet Airlines started operations in October 2008 under the name FlyLal. In 2010, the airline decided to re-brand with its current name Small Planet.
They operate out of Vilnius International Airport (VNO) in Lithuania with a fleet of two Airbus A320s and six Boeing 737-300s. Small Planet offers charter services to four markets: Lithuania, Poland, Italy and the UK.
How can you not like this livery? Okay, maybe the yellow letters on the white fuselage wasn’t the best call in all lighting situations. However, the tail and the image of the globe is quite epic. The longer A320 has quite a bit of white and the livery does look a bit better on the smaller 737-300 in my opinion.
Not really related to the livery, it appears that their flight attendants have some pretty slick uniforms as well.
Thanks to @JaMiDez for pointing this one out.