Not Plain Planes in unusual liveries

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Airplanes as Billboards for Consumer Products

Fuselages with Movie Advertisements

OEMs adding Visuals on Planes to help sell

Aircraft with Pictures of Animal Cargo and Soccer (football) team logo

Those of a certain age remember may remember Harding Lawrence’s hiring of his future wife, Mary Wells to improve Braniff’s sedentary image. “The end of the plain plane” was the resulting theme and aircraft in livery like these distinguish the airline from its competitors:






Advertisers came to the realization that planes provided a great media for exposing their public to the products for sale. In 1966, the first big effort to use livery as a flying billboard came. Then, Pepsi Cola undertook a major re-branding project of $500 million and decided that the optimal means of displaying its logo was the Concorde.

The Air France SST in Pepsi colors:


The Brazilian manufacturer, Embraer, saw the sales and marketing value in putting eye-catching designs on its aircraft. The brilliance of these “paint jobs” might have contributed to the vehicles sold:










Recently, Hollywood has noticed the impact on consumers which airplane fuselages have; so the themes and characters of movies have become the decorations of these aerial billboards:





Pixar’s Buzz Lightyear:

Hello Kitty:












Graffiti artist Jon One painted an Air France plane:








Qatar Airways sponsored FC Barcelona and their name appeared on the players’ jerseys and the airline returned the favor by putting the football club’s gear on its aircraft:















FedEx paid tribute to one of its passengers who is a national hero to his home country China and who was being returned from his temporary residence at the Washington National Zoo:Nok Air is a low-cost carrier that operates domestic services in Thailand with the word Nok meaning bird in Thai. Therefore it is no surprise that the airline has a Boeing 737 in its fleet with a bird-like livery:










A lonely plane in the Arizona desert Bone Yard was the canvas for some artist of the abstract genre?











To close out this art exhibition, here is a collage of aircraft which have had paint and images added to their fuselages:

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