Last week I bought you the first instalment in my new series, showcasing some of the most interesting, beautiful and impressive examples of airline tail art from around the world.
Airlines often use birds as inspiration for their airline names (such as Garuda Indonesia, a “garuda” being a mythical bird in Indonesian folklore). These airlines often include birds in their liveries, painted in a variety of colours and styles along the aircraft fuselage.
Here’s part one of “the bird liveries”; the airlines that have flying fauna painted on their tails.
Aegean Airlines, Greece’s largest airline, employs two seagulls flying in front of the sun for its logo
The defunct Cyprus Airways featured a galloping mouflon, a type of Cypriot sheep, in its logo
Germany’s national carrier, Lufthansa, features a crane in its logo
TAROM, Romania’s national airline, sports a white swallow in flight
Turkey’s MNG Airlines which deals mostly with freight
A stylised wing on Azerbaijan Airlines’ old livery
The feathers of a garuda, a mythical bird of Indonesian legend, inspired Garuda Indonesia’s cool new livery
SriLankan Airlines sports the vimana, which according to folklore was the winged flying machine that the mythical king of Sri Lanka once used.
Iran’s Mahan Air has a type of bird on its tail – but what is it?
It’s not a bird – it’s a flying kangaroo! Qantas’ retro livery adds variety to the range of fauna
China’s Shanghai Airlines opted for a crane on their tail fin
Pakistan’s Shaheen Air takes its name – and its livery – from a Pakistani eagle
Which is your favourite? Comment below!
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