Why are most planes so boring looking? It seems like airliners spend millions in paint jobs and additional drag that uses up more fuel every time two mega-airlines merge. However, some companies are doing some eye-catching things to planes that are anything but plain.
This week the Hello Kitty plane from Eva Air made a lot of U.S. headlines when it landed at LAX.
My modern-day personal favorite is the collaboration between Finnair and Marimekko, who have applied some of their most popular prints with planes. There’s a great video about the cooperation between the company most known for iconic Finnish fabric patterns and the airline here:
This is not a new idea; Braniff International Airways really upped the artistic plane game back in the Don Draper advertising era, though I don’t think Cooper Sterling Draper Price ever came up with anything this exciting as these Braniff Alexander Calder bedecked planes for Mohawk. The full story is great, and you can check it out braniffpages.com.
The photo above shows the only time I’d would not get tired of the mother-?#$@#$! planes on a mother-#!*@#?!!$# plane!
My fictional personal favorite is Austin Powers’ shagadelic plane. I could have sworn there was an Emilio Pucci design on a plane back in the day, but there were just the fabulous flight attendant uniforms with the crazy bubble head thing. The Austin Powers plane is the closest thing to a Pucci print that was out there, and it just suited the character and the era so well. Plus, the interiors were so fitting with the exterior.
Does a certain airline’s aesthetic choices suit you? Let us know in the Comments!
Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!