German airline Condor has unveiled all-new liveries for its planes, and they’re certainly what you’d call “eye-catching.”
The airline, which specializes in the holiday market, says the candy stripe colors are used to conjure up images of “umbrellas, bath towels and beach chairs”.
Five colors are used at the initial launch – yellow, red, blue, green and beige, and each represents a different aspect of vacation: sun (yellow), passion (red), sea (blue), island (green) and beach ( beige).
Condor CEO Ralf Teckentrup said the airline plans to repaint up to 80% of its current fleet by 2024.
“Condor has undergone a transformation over the past two and a half years: from a subsidiary of a vertically integrated travel group to an independent airline that proudly looks back on its history and tradition, while heading down the of the future,” Teckentrup said.
“We want to express this unequivocally through our corporate identity: Condor is holidays and Condor is unmistakable – like our new design, with which we are now launching into the future.”
Condor currently has a fleet of 51 aircraft, with orders for 16 new Airbus A330-900s and two Airbus A330-200s.
The new look will be used throughout the Condor travel experience, from booking sites to boarding passes and crew uniforms.
Writing for aviation site One Mile At A Time, Ben Schlappig called it “so ridiculous I love it”. Other commenters on social media weren’t as impressed.
“What a bizarre, distinctive but totally inconsistent livery choice,” one person wrote on Twitter.
“To be honest, one of the worst liveries I’ve ever seen,” said another.
Some wondered if it was an April Fool’s Day joke.
Other unusual liveries
Of course, Condor is not alone in creating unique liveries for its aircraft.
Airlines around the world have taken care of decals and paint jobs to make their planes stand out. Here are some examples of “ready to use” ideas.
All Japanese airlines
The Japanese carrier has three A380s on its Narita-Honolulu route, and each has a special colored livery.
Called “Flying Honu”, the design is based on a sea turtle that is sacred to many in Hawaii.
Bringing a sense of humor to paint jobs, South African low-cost company Kulula has come up with some standout pieces.
One is called “Flying 101”, with several arrows pointing to parts of the plane, like the captain (aka the Big Cheese), to the passengers (the coolest homies in the world).
The design was “to demystify air travel and explain some of the unknowns around air travel and flight”.
The airline also painted a Boeing 737-800 with the words “This Way Up”.
Photo: Seong Joon Cho/Bloomberg
The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer is good at painting animals on some of its jets.
To celebrate Air Astana of Kazakhstan’s purchase of its 190-E2 jet, the airline painted the country’s official symbol, a snow leopard, on the front.
The aircraft manufacturer also decorated another jet with a shark on the front, calling it “Profit Hunter”, and a tiger for the Singapore Airshow in 2018.
The Airbus plane is already a must-see, but a simple lick of paint adds to the “flying whale” illusion.
Combining kitsch and an iconic character, Eva Air has embraced Hello Kitty with a range of specially created liveries.
Not all liveries have to be flashy to evoke emotions, some are used to bring back memories of aviation of yesteryear.
An example of this is British Airways, which, on the occasion of its centenary, transformed one of its Boeing 747s in the colors of its predecessor British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC).
Blending art with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, Qantas has produced a number of eye-catching liveries as part of its Flying Art series.
One such creation was Wunala Dreaming, which “was inspired by the natural colors of Australia, from the vivid reds of Central Australia to the purple blues of the desert mountain ranges and the lush greens of Kakadu”.
Air New Zealand
The New Zealand national carrier isn’t afraid to tweak its fleet a bit either.
Over the years, Air New Zealand has offered a range of designs, from the 1999 Rugby World Cup celebration to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit series.
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