Browsing Tag: Airline Livery of the Week

American Airlines Boeing 737-800 with its retro Astrojet livery.

American Airlines Boeing 737-800 with its retro Astrojet livery. Photo from Boeing.

I am currently in Tampa, FL and while driving around I spotted a silver plane with a red logo on the tail. I could tell it was most likely a retro livery, but couldn’t place it. Luckily a few fine Twitter folk (@vivekmayasandra and @Shokikuchi) suggested it might be American Airlines Astrojet livery and sure enough it was!

This special livery comemerated American Airline’s 50th next generation Boeing 737. The airplane was delived to American at the end of 2000. The Astrojet livery was seen on American’s first Boeing 727s in 1964.

Mandala Airlines Airbus A319-100 PK-RMF

Mandala Airlines Airbus A319-100 PK-RMF

Mandala Airlines is a low cost carrier based at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakart, Indonesia. It has a fleet of only Airbus A320’s and A319’s. The airline was founded in 1969 at a time that Indonesia was re-building a devastated economy.

In 2006 the airline sold 49% stake to Indigo Partners [they also have stakes in Spirit Airlines (USA), Wizz (Europe), Tiger (Singapore), and Abnanova Airlines (Russia)]. With the change, the airline replaced its aging fleet with new Airbus aircraft. The airline currently have 30 additional aircraft on order and hope to grow at a rate of 25% per year.

The airline’s logo is a golden eight-pointed mandala showing the eight characters of humanity and the eight elements of Javanese tradition. The five-petaled lotus in the center represents Indonesia’s state ideology, Pancasila.

Thank you @racingwinds for this livery idea! If you have a mostly unknown, current airline livery you like, let me know and I might use it (david@airlinereporter.com).

Mandala Airlines Website

Image: Achdiyatma Reza
Niki Airbus A320-214 (OE-LEO) at Frankfurt

Niki Airbus A320-214 (OE-LEO) at Frankfurt

Niki, is an airline based out of Vienna International Airport. It has a fleet of two Airbus A321 (212-seats), six Airbus of the type A320 (180-seats), two Airbus of the type A319 (150-seats), and four Embraer E 190 (104-seats). Each aircraft has a unique name of a dance.  Check out Niki’s fleet page for the names.

The airline was founded by ex-Grand Prix driver, Niki Lauda, who left Lauda Air in 2000. After acquiring Aero Lloyd Austria, he started his new airline. In early 2010 Air Berlin has had a 49.9% stake in the airline.

I am not quite sure about the bug on the front of the livery (anyone have any guesses?). I tried to contact Niki to get an answer, but as of posting this, I have heard nothing.

Image: Axel J

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A United/Continental possible livery on a Boeing 747-400

A United/Continental possible livery on a Boeing 747-400

A lot of talk about United Airlines and the Continental merger. There are quite a few people that aren’t too happy with the new combined livery of the new United Airlines. A while back I found a site that allows people share their photoshopped liveries and a few interesting ones have popped up for a combined Continental and United Airlines livery.

Be sure to check out their site for other possible combinations.

Image: Jetabout via Aviation-Designs.net

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Middle Eastern Airlines Airbus A330-200 (OD-MEC)

Middle Eastern Airlines Airbus A330-200 (OD-MEC)

Middle East Airlines is the national carrier of Lebanon. It was founded way back in 1945 and flies to just over 25 destinations. They currently have a fleet of 13 aircraft consisting of Airbus A320, Airbus A321 and four Airbus A330. Their livery is quite simple with a tree on the tail (which is their trade mark symbol — check out this old Boeing 707) with MEA on the front.

They are known for their good safety record and high customer service. Their flight attendants are required to speak three languages: Arabic, English and French.

The tree on the tail is a Cedar of Lebanon which is a native species in the Mediterranean Mountains in Lebanon.

Thanks Robin for the extra information!

Image: Axel J

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