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Asia’s most colourful airlines

Some airlines have rather dull company colours and aircraft paintings. Other airlines went out of their way to spice up their fleet in order to attract more passengers in today’s heavy competition in the aviation industry. What is the most colourful airline you have flown?
© photo: 4563_pic    

Bangkok Airways

hub: Bangkok, Thailand
popular destinations: Phuket, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Male, Siem Reap
Bangkok Airways operates both domestic flights in Thailand and international flights to Cambodia, Singapore, Maldives, Laos, Hong Kong and Myanmar. Asia's boutique airline leases 17 aircrafts, all decorated in different paint schemes and named after exotic destinations.
www.bangkokair.com

 

Bangkok Airways

photo: Andy_Mitchell_UK

 

 

 

Air India

hubs: Delhi and Mumbai, India
popular destinations: Goa, Frankfurt, Riyadh, Los Angeles
India’s national flag carrier flies to destinations in Asia, Europe and North America. Air India’s aircrafts are decorated with a red flying swan with an orange ‘Konark Chakra’ inside, which signifies vitality and advancement. The name Air India is written in Hindu on the aircraft’s tail.
www.airindia.com

 

Bangkok Airways

photo: Phinalanji

 

 

 

Singapore Airlines

hub: Singapore
popular destination: Tokyo, London, Sydney, Zurich, Paris
In 2007 Singapore Airlines was the first airline to operate commercial flights with the double decker Airbus A380. SQ has a strong presence in Asia and on the Kangaroo Route (flights between Australia and United Kingdom). Since 1972 female cabin crew is dressed in traditional Sarong Kebaya, nowadays the so-called ‘Singapore Girl’ is considered a trademark of Singapore Airlines.
www.singaporeair.com
 

Singapore Airlines

photo: Premshree Pillai

 

 

 

China Eastern Airlines

hub: Shanghai, China
popular destination: Beijing, Dalian, Frankfurt, Osaka, Seoul
Since 1988 China Eastern operates international, domestic and regional routes. For the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, volunteers decorated 3 aircrafts of China Easterns fleet in colourful ‘Better City, Better Life (Better Us, Better Flight)’ designs.
www.flychinaeastern.com
 

China Eastern Airlines

photo: boeingdreamscape

 

 

 

Vietnam Airlines

hubs: Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
popular destinations: Da Nang, Shanghai, Moscow, Taipei, Houston, Kuala Lumpur
Vietnam’s national airline flies to 20 cities in Vietnam and 40 international destinations in 19 countries in Asia, Australia, Europe and the USA using its fleet of 70 aircrafts. Their logo is based on the lotus flower, a meaningful symbol Vietnam’s ancient culture. The gold colour was chosen as association with high quality and a sense of luxury.
www.vietnamairlines.com
 

Vietnam Airlines

photo: Ati977

All Nippon Airways (ANA)

hubs: Tokyo and Osaka, Japan
popular destinations: Kobe, Fukuoka, Manila, Honolulu, Washington DC
Japan’s second largest airline operates services to 49 destinations in Japan and on 35 international routes. All Nippon often paints their aircrafts in special liveries (paint schemes), like the panda-themed Boeing celebrating the 20th anniversary of flights between Japan and China and 5 jets offering a Pokémon experience; from exterior to flight attendant uniforms and meals, everything is made in Pokémon design.
www.ana.co.jp
 

All Nippon Airways (ANA)

photo: Kentaro Iemoto@Tokyo

 

 

 

Dragon Air

hub: Hong Kong
Popular destinations: Guangzhou, Dhaka, Kaohsiung, Kota Kinabalu
Dragonair is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific. The airline services 29 destinations in 12 countries across Asia. Their fleets of 31 Airbuses are decorated with red dragons and the airline’s name written in red Chinese characters and in English in black letters.
www.dragonair.com
 

Dragon Air

photo: Miles ???

 

 

 

Nok Air

hub: Bangkok (Don Mueang Airport), Thailand
popular destinations: Udon Thani, Trang, Mae Hong Son
Lowcost carrier Nok Air started operations in 2004. In its early days Nok Air used to operate services to some destinations in India, today they only fly to 18 Thai domestic destinations. Nok means ‘bird’ in Thai. Each of Nok Air’s aircrafts is illustrated in different bird designs.
www.nokair.com
 

Nok Air

photo: *Crazy Diamond*

 

 

 

SpiceJet

hub: Delhi, India
popular destinations: Colombo, Hyderabad, Goa, Chennai
India’s most profitable airline operates short to medium-haul flights in the Indian subcontinent. SpiceJet’s aim is to compete with Indian Railways over passengers who travel in air conditioned coaches. Each Boeing 737 in SpiceJet’s fleet is named after a spice, such as cardamom, saffron and coriander.
www.spicejet.com
 

SpiceJet

photo: Drewski2112

 

 

 

Air Macau

hub: Macau
popular destinations: Chengdu, Nanning, Wuhan, Seoul
Before Air Macau started their operations in 1995, there was no air service to Macau other than helicopters. Air Macau flies to destinations in China’s mainland and to Asian metropolitans like Tokyo, Bangkok and Seoul. Their logo is a fusion of a lotus (Macau’s symbol) and a dove (symbol for international peace).
www.airmacau.com.mo
 

Air Macau

photo: Miles ???

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