What’s Yellow And Black And Flies Very Fast?

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The new Spirit planes. Spirit are the latest low cost carrier to revisit their branding, just a few days after both frontier and southwest, following a trend that TheDesignAir predicted last week. The new design fits with the new website and brand positioning that has been rolled out, offering a simple bold message, with a bright and colourful design.

The first aircraft, that rolled out of the hanger two days ago features a two colour design on both fuselage, and nacelles. The bold yellow look certainly stands out and as “Spirit does not spend money on expensive advertising campaigns,” as stated by the carrier. Instead the airline will use the new livery as “a flying billboard to capture passengers attention at no additional cost.”

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The carrier believes its attention grabbing look helps add a point of differentiation, a problem that all airlines are currently battling, to make passengers aware of the carrier and to ultimately get passengers on seats. “The new livery matches Spirit Airlines.” Said Ben Baldanza, Spirit’s President and CEO. “It’s radically different from other airlines, and it’s fun, just like we are.”

In traditional low cost tradition only Spirit’s newest aircraft will come out the hanger freshly painted in the new design, the other aircraft only receiving the new look during their scheduled repaints. The two-tone design both saves painting time and reduces costs.

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We don’t mind the new look, it is bold, fun, and closer in design concept to the service concept it currently portraits. The simplicity of the message is clear, and following industry standard design cues, using bold bright colours to subconsciously connect the concept of a basic, cheap product (think Scoot), that we all associate such colours with as consumers.

The hand drawn, sketchy lettering, is perhaps a little gimmicky, but softens the brand image, and obviously using lowercase logotype helps convey the concept of “friendly and relaxed.” There is a possibility that the look will date quickly, however the brand colour combination of yellow and black do normally withstand the test of time and will help keep the carrier looking fresh in the years to come.

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The fine-line between legacy and low cost seems to be finally un-blurring. The fact yet another LCC carrier has opted to simplify their brand message, remove the clutter and try to simplify the product for their passengers, reiterates the subtle changes in the aviation industry, whereby these lower cost competitors strip down the experience, and on the polar end of the scale, full service carriers start bringing back the perks once associated with the legacy airlines, introducing higher quality and better experiences for their passengers.

2 comments

  1. Kenneth Barton

    Spirit’s eye-catching silver/grey/black cube livery, which looked contemporary and even daringly edgy (for an airline), was one of my all-time favorites. This taxi scheme? Not so much. But it IS better than Southwest’s new Hotdog-On-A-Stick look.

  2. Yes ! Kenneth, the silver pixel livery was really breakthrough at the time. Unfortunately too expensive to maintain for a lowcost model carrier, I suppose. This one (whenever we like or not) will do the job very well and build a strong brand awareness for Spirit (Now Yellow in the air IS Spirit). The website is übercool (for the moment). Maybe something in the livery is missing (?)…don’t know what . A inch of White somewhere (?) would have made it more achieved. Hopefully they did not grab the idea to add a NY taxi black squares line ouf !…

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