As airlines and airplanes have evolved, so have their “liveries” — the exterior designs, including paint colors and logos, on the aircraft.
As planes crisscross the globe, their exterior graphics not only represent the companies that operate them but in many instances also serve as visual ambassadors for their respective homelands.
A great airline livery gives onlookers a taste of a carrier’s values or its culture’s ethos in an attractive and effective color scheme.
Airlines like Southwest, Spirit, and American have updated their liveries in recent years, with mixed results.
Others have hit home runs. Here’s a selection of 15 airline exterior designs that look simply amazing.
16. WOW Air. Since its founding in 2014, WOW Air has made headlines for its low prices. However, the Icelandic ultra low-cost carrier’s bright fuchsia paint job has proven to be equally attention grabbing.
15. British Airways: With a waving Union Jack adorning the tail, British Airways delivers a modern take on traditional British elegance.
14. Malaysia Airlines: Even though the A380’s future in the airline’s fleet remains uncertain, the plane’s blue and white livery is unquestionably beautiful.