Browsing Tag: Livery of the Week

Germanwings new livery on an Airbus A320. Photo from Germanwings.

Germanwings new livery on an Airbus A319 (D-AGWT). Photo from Germanwings.

Behold Germanwing’s new livery which was recently painted on an Airbus A319 (D-AGWT). The change is more than just a new design; they are altering the way that they do business as well.

Germanwings was founded in 1997 as a German based low-cost airline and in January 2009, they became a subsidiary of Lufthansa Airlines. Germanwings currently operates a fleet of almost 40 Airbus A319 aircraft, but it will soon grow.

Lufthansa will start moving aircraft to the “new” airline and Germanwings fleet will grow to about 90. Germanwings is set to take over all of Lufthansa’s domestic and European, non-hub flights.

Germanwings previous livery on an Airbus A319. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren.

Germanwings previous livery on an Airbus A319. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren.

Christoph Franz, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG stated: “With the ‘new Germanwings’ we are going on the offensive in respect of point-to-point connections. We have developed a convincing array of products and have many years of experience in the low-cost and premium segments. We will combine elements of both in the ‘new Germanwings’ and set new standards in our home market of Europe. This will enable us to operate profitably away from our large hubs again while also exciting our passengers with a modern offering.”

Germanwings new pricing structure is a bit easier to follow than other low cost airlines. Image from Germanwings.

Germanwings new pricing structure is a bit easier to follow than other low cost airlines. Image from Germanwings.

On July 1, 2013, the official “new Germanwings” will start operations with only economy seating, but with three types of service (see the chart above).

Lufthansa’s website states, “True to the motto “Reasonably priced but not cheap”, the airline’s employees will focus all the more on meeting customer’s wishes to the fullest in the future. Passengers will be able to choose from three basic Economy Class modules for this – Best, Smart and Basic.”

The more you pay; the better service you get. Not too difficult.

What do you think of Germanwings new livery? Photo from Germanwings.

What do you think of Germanwings new livery? Photo from Germanwings.

The new livery is a pretty radical departure from the previous one. It moves to a more conservative look, that mirrors Lufthansa.

As far as European-white liveries, I think this one does quite well. The swooping, colorful “W” on the tail goes well with the titles on the side. I only wish that color would have been added to the winglets, but maybe that would have been a bit too much. Lufthansa has probably one of the most simple, yet regal liveries and probably wanted Germanwings to have a bit more of a “fun” or “cost effective” look, while steering clear of the Spirit Airlines or Wizz Air look.

This story written by…David Parker Brown, Editor & Founder.

David started AirlineReporter.com in the summer of 2008, but has had a passion for aviation since he was a kid. Born and raised in the Seattle area (where he is currently based) has surely had an influence and he couldn’t imagine living anywhere else in the world.

@AirlineReporter | Flickr | YouTube

Tiara Air’s Boeing 737-300. Photo courtesy of Tiara Air.

I think more airlines should be named after the kids of their founders. Imagine how much more personal an airline like American would be if it had a name like “Nicole Airlines.”

Tiara Air, based at Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba, was founded by Alejandro Muyale and named for his daughter Tiara Muyale. Tiara (the airline) flies to locations in the Carribean and South America, with newly added routs to Caracas, Maracaibo, Fort Lauderdale and St. Maarten. Yes, U.S. citizens, that means Tiara can now make your Aruba dreams come true!

The airline flies two Short 360 twin-engine turboprop aircraft and the Boeing 737-300 seen here.

The livery on this plane is somewhat predictable, though festive. Yellow and blue cheatlines run down the length of the fuselage, with the word “Aruba” and a red star slapped, somewhat awkwardly, onto the forward section. It looks cool, and leaves no question as to the destination of the plane. The blue tail includes the company logo and, what else, a tiara.

What do you think of Tiara Air’s livery on its 737-300?

This story written by…Travis Griffith.Travis is a published author and professional writer who believes in driving fast, flying high and living today like there’s no tomorrow. Automobiles, aviation and travel top the long list of his varied interests.

FaceBook | CarGurus | TSGriffith.com

Thai Airways International (THAI) has took delivery of its first A380 today. What a great looking aircraft/livery combo. Image from Airbus. Click for larger.

Thai Airways International (THAI) has took delivery of its first A380 this week. What a great looking aircraft/livery combo. Image from Airbus.

Earlier in the week, Thai Airways International (THAI) took delivery of their first Airbus A380. The aircraft is configured to have 12 private suites in First Class, 60 in Royal Silk Class (aka Business) and 435 in Economy.

Thai plans to put their first of six A380’s into service in October on their Bangkok to Hong Kong and Bangkok to Singapore routes.

BONUS: More photos of Thai Airways first Airbus A380

There are nine airlines that currently operate the A380 and I think this livery is the best of them.

Some liveries just do not translate well from a single decker aircraft to a huge double decker — the canvas is so much larger. I have always liked Thai’s livery and I feel that it works quite well on the A380. What do you think?

Belavia Boeing 737-500.

Belavia Boeing 737-500. Image from Wikipedia/CC/Biggerben.

Belavia Belarusian Airlines was founded in March of 1996 and is based at Minsk International Airport in Belarus. The airline is owned by the government and flies to destinations in Asia, Europe and Africa.

The airline currently operates a classic fleet of Boeing 737-300s, 737-500s, CRJ200s and a few Tupolev Tu-154Ms. They have two Embraer 175s and one E-190 on order in hopes to update their fleet.

Even though this is a smaller airline, they have one of the best fleet pages I have seen. You are able to check out external and internal 360 tours and I have to admit that I spent quite a bit of time taking a tour of the Tu-154M.

The livery is one of the few left that remind me of the classic Aeroflot livery. You do not see many liveries that have a cheat-line anymore — they are a dying breed.

A classic Boeing 737-200 seen in Sky Airlines livery. Photo by alobos flickr.

A classic Boeing 737-200 seen in Sky Airlines livery. Photo by alobos flickr.

You don’t see too many Boeing 737-200s flying around the world much anymore and especially one with such a cool looking livery. When I recently landed at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL) in Santiago, Chile, this livery caught my eye.

Sky Airline (notice the lack of an “s”) is based at SCL and was founded in 2001. It is Chile’s second largest airline and is considered a low-cost carrier. The airline mostly operates domestically, but has international routes to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Peru.

The airline operates a fleet of Airbus A319s, A320s and is in the processes of phasing out the classic Boeing 737-200.

I seem to be a sucker for a blue/green livery and with the swooping line and palm trees on the tail, it looks slick. Although I am sure the passenger experience will improve with the elimination of the 737-200 from the fleet, it is a bit sad from the AvGeek perspective.