Category Archives: HISTORY

Eastern Airlines hits a home run with fantastic Braniff-esque brand image

[Updated] Last week we mentioned in a story that we hoped that in 2020 airlines would start to break the mould and start thinking differently about liveries and brand image and it seems that resurrected Eastern Airlines has done exactly

Eastern Airlines hits a home run with fantastic Braniff-esque brand image

[Updated] Last week we mentioned in a story that we hoped that in 2020 airlines would start to break the mould and start thinking differently about liveries and brand image and it seems that resurrected Eastern Airlines has done exactly

As ‘Project Sunrise’ research flight takes to the skies, we ask is ultra-long travel really just pushing passengers too far?

The airline industry has a history of records from fastest flight to longest flight, the highest to the biggest, there’s a list as long as an A340-600 of impressive stats and figures that celebrate the innovation and scientific advancements in

As ‘Project Sunrise’ research flight takes to the skies, we ask is ultra-long travel really just pushing passengers too far?

The airline industry has a history of records from fastest flight to longest flight, the highest to the biggest, there’s a list as long as an A340-600 of impressive stats and figures that celebrate the innovation and scientific advancements in

KLM’s latest masterpiece advertising campaign celebrates a centenary in the skies

You may not be aware, but KLM has just celebrated of 100 years of flying the skies. Launched October 7th 1919, the carrier has had a long life, growing its network and brand over the years. To celebrate this important

KLM’s latest masterpiece advertising campaign celebrates a centenary in the skies

You may not be aware, but KLM has just celebrated of 100 years of flying the skies. Launched October 7th 1919, the carrier has had a long life, growing its network and brand over the years. To celebrate this important

British Airways Special Liveries Continue With Our Personal Favourite

British Airways today welcomed the arrival of the third in its series of four heritage liveries – a Boeing 747 painted in the iconic Landor design, which will be recognisable for many including myself as it flew on British Airways

British Airways Special Liveries Continue With Our Personal Favourite

British Airways today welcomed the arrival of the third in its series of four heritage liveries – a Boeing 747 painted in the iconic Landor design, which will be recognisable for many including myself as it flew on British Airways

Austrian Rolls Out A Retrojet (Yes, Another Retrojet) And This Won’t Be The Last…

Yes, retrojets, they are the seemingly appearing with increasing frequency. In fact the chances they are popping up on your social feed more often than the never-ending stream of cat memes. So the latest from Austrian might not necessarily be

Austrian Rolls Out A Retrojet (Yes, Another Retrojet) And This Won’t Be The Last…

Yes, retrojets, they are the seemingly appearing with increasing frequency. In fact the chances they are popping up on your social feed more often than the never-ending stream of cat memes. So the latest from Austrian might not necessarily be

British Airways Roll Out A Beautiful 747 Retrojet That Puts Lufthansa’s New Scheme To Shame

BOAC is back! No, not really, but perhaps it should be. This simple yet stunning retrojet livery has been rolled out by British Airways to celebrate its centenary which it is enjoying this year. While the aircraft has been much-anticipated

British Airways Roll Out A Beautiful 747 Retrojet That Puts Lufthansa’s New Scheme To Shame

BOAC is back! No, not really, but perhaps it should be. This simple yet stunning retrojet livery has been rolled out by British Airways to celebrate its centenary which it is enjoying this year. While the aircraft has been much-anticipated

Qantas To Phase Out 747s And Replace With 787-9s

Qantas, like British Airways, is synonymous with the Queen of the Skies. Most childhood memories of Qantas will involve sighting one of these majestic beasts. However, the airline has announced an order for six additional Boeing 787-9s to fly on

Qantas To Phase Out 747s And Replace With 787-9s

Qantas, like British Airways, is synonymous with the Queen of the Skies. Most childhood memories of Qantas will involve sighting one of these majestic beasts. However, the airline has announced an order for six additional Boeing 787-9s to fly on

JetSet Era? We Believe It’s Alive And Well

There’s a lot of talk about the nostalgia of the “Golden Age of Travel”, glorified by shows like Pan Am where we see passengers sipping on whiskeys and Martinis as they jetted across the Atlantic, reclined in large recliner seats,

JetSet Era? We Believe It’s Alive And Well

There’s a lot of talk about the nostalgia of the “Golden Age of Travel”, glorified by shows like Pan Am where we see passengers sipping on whiskeys and Martinis as they jetted across the Atlantic, reclined in large recliner seats,

The Boeing Store Launches Custom Hangar, An #AvGeek’s Dream

If you are a lover of all things and design and all things aviation (and we trust you are if you are on our site) then you will love the Boeing Store’s latest Custom Hangar pieces. The Custom Hangar Catalog

The Boeing Store Launches Custom Hangar, An #AvGeek’s Dream

If you are a lover of all things and design and all things aviation (and we trust you are if you are on our site) then you will love the Boeing Store’s latest Custom Hangar pieces. The Custom Hangar Catalog

Happy Birthday Aer Lingus – Celebrating 80 Years

Aer Lingus this week celebrated 80 years of flights. On 27th May 1936, the airline launched its first ever flight from Baldonnel to Bristol on this day in 1936. To recognise this incredible milestone, Aer Lingus has flown the Iolar, a replica of the

Happy Birthday Aer Lingus – Celebrating 80 Years

Aer Lingus this week celebrated 80 years of flights. On 27th May 1936, the airline launched its first ever flight from Baldonnel to Bristol on this day in 1936. To recognise this incredible milestone, Aer Lingus has flown the Iolar, a replica of the

The Perfect Book For #AvGeeks By British Airways

We’ve been lucky enough to visit the Heritage Centre in Waterside for British Airways, which is filled to the gills with memorabilia and BA branded goods, most items are only available to visitors of the head offices of the airline. The

The Perfect Book For #AvGeeks By British Airways

We’ve been lucky enough to visit the Heritage Centre in Waterside for British Airways, which is filled to the gills with memorabilia and BA branded goods, most items are only available to visitors of the head offices of the airline. The

Air France Updates La Saga Microsite

Francophile aviation fans beware, Air France updated its very clever and highly informative website Air France La Saga microsite back in December last year, and this month saw the introduction of their latest story on the carrier’s iconic 747 aircraft

Air France Updates La Saga Microsite

Francophile aviation fans beware, Air France updated its very clever and highly informative website Air France La Saga microsite back in December last year, and this month saw the introduction of their latest story on the carrier’s iconic 747 aircraft

Qantas Puts Its Iconic 747 Out To Pasture

By out latest TheDesignAir contributor Zoe Belhomme | The first plane to have flown the world’s longest commercial flight from London to Sydney bid its final farewell to the skies last week before heading to its retirement home at the Historical

Qantas Puts Its Iconic 747 Out To Pasture

By out latest TheDesignAir contributor Zoe Belhomme | The first plane to have flown the world’s longest commercial flight from London to Sydney bid its final farewell to the skies last week before heading to its retirement home at the Historical

Cathay Pacific Are ‘Walking On Air’ In Manchester

Hosted inside the historic Manchester Town hall, Cathay Pacific celebrated its 4x weekly launch to the UK’s North West with 150 VIPs, dignitaries, and leading business figures from the local area. We were one of the lucky few to be invited

Cathay Pacific Are ‘Walking On Air’ In Manchester

Hosted inside the historic Manchester Town hall, Cathay Pacific celebrated its 4x weekly launch to the UK’s North West with 150 VIPs, dignitaries, and leading business figures from the local area. We were one of the lucky few to be invited

American Airlines Latest US Carrier To Introduce Special Amenity Kits

You may have already spotted these new kits, but starting this month, American Airlines have upgraded the premium experience for its customers and paying tribute to the proud history of its employees around the world with all-new amenity kits for most

American Airlines Latest US Carrier To Introduce Special Amenity Kits

You may have already spotted these new kits, but starting this month, American Airlines have upgraded the premium experience for its customers and paying tribute to the proud history of its employees around the world with all-new amenity kits for most

The Trouble With Segregation In An Airline Environment

A recent article on CNBC and the Daily Mail has highlighted how Saudia is considering segregating male and female passengers onboard its planes. Whilst we take this story with a pinch of salt, it does highlight how design onboard can

The Trouble With Segregation In An Airline Environment

A recent article on CNBC and the Daily Mail has highlighted how Saudia is considering segregating male and female passengers onboard its planes. Whilst we take this story with a pinch of salt, it does highlight how design onboard can

Qantas Reveal 70’s Retro Livery In Seattle

Qantas has followed suit of many other airlines over the past few years, unveiling its first ever “retro” inspired livery on one of its brand new Boeing 737 aircraft. The eye catching design is a flying tribute to 70 years of the

Qantas Reveal 70’s Retro Livery In Seattle

Qantas has followed suit of many other airlines over the past few years, unveiling its first ever “retro” inspired livery on one of its brand new Boeing 737 aircraft. The eye catching design is a flying tribute to 70 years of the

Hawaiian Airlines Celebrates 85 Years

Our good friends, Hawaiian Airlines celebrated 85 years of continuous passenger service today from Hawaii. And within those 85 years, have celebrated the very best in Hawaiian hospitality and design. Hawai’i’s first interisland passenger service was launched on Nov. 11, 1929 as

Hawaiian Airlines Celebrates 85 Years

Our good friends, Hawaiian Airlines celebrated 85 years of continuous passenger service today from Hawaii. And within those 85 years, have celebrated the very best in Hawaiian hospitality and design. Hawai’i’s first interisland passenger service was launched on Nov. 11, 1929 as

Air France Impress With A Nod To Nostalgia In Latest Campaign

Back in April, Air France unveiled its new advertising campaign called “Air France, France is in the air” in the printed press, with coverage in 12 countries (France, Germany, Brazil, Canada, China, Spain, USA, Italy, Japan, Russia, Senegal and Switzerland) as

Air France Impress With A Nod To Nostalgia In Latest Campaign

Back in April, Air France unveiled its new advertising campaign called “Air France, France is in the air” in the printed press, with coverage in 12 countries (France, Germany, Brazil, Canada, China, Spain, USA, Italy, Japan, Russia, Senegal and Switzerland) as

Finnair Celebrate 90 Years Of Flights

Finnair, one of Scandinavia’s biggest carriers, celebrated it’s 90th anniversary of flights yesterday. On March 20th 1924, the airline operated a Junkers F.13 float plane from Helsinki to Tallin, Estonia. Since then, the airline has grown to an airline carrying just under

Finnair Celebrate 90 Years Of Flights

Finnair, one of Scandinavia’s biggest carriers, celebrated it’s 90th anniversary of flights yesterday. On March 20th 1924, the airline operated a Junkers F.13 float plane from Helsinki to Tallin, Estonia. Since then, the airline has grown to an airline carrying just under

American Stun With Elegant Advertising Campaign

American have just launched a beautiful print campaign, to celebrate the reinvention of their trans-con service, (which has become the latest turf that the major US airlines are fighting for customers) which we covered a while ago. The new AA

American Stun With Elegant Advertising Campaign

American have just launched a beautiful print campaign, to celebrate the reinvention of their trans-con service, (which has become the latest turf that the major US airlines are fighting for customers) which we covered a while ago. The new AA

Cathay Pacific End Their 747 Route To London

The end of December 2013 marks an historic moment for Cathay Pacific Airways as it bids farewell to its Boeing 747-400s. Proud to have one of the youngest fleet in the world, the airline has announced that it will operate

Cathay Pacific End Their 747 Route To London

The end of December 2013 marks an historic moment for Cathay Pacific Airways as it bids farewell to its Boeing 747-400s. Proud to have one of the youngest fleet in the world, the airline has announced that it will operate

The Evolution of the Design of Eurowhite Aircraft

Back in the glamourous heyday of travel, airlines (believe it or not) fought for the attention of the travelers. With the recent invention of air travel, costs were relatively low. You could fairly easily get hold of a plane, fill

The Evolution of the Design of Eurowhite Aircraft

Back in the glamourous heyday of travel, airlines (believe it or not) fought for the attention of the travelers. With the recent invention of air travel, costs were relatively low. You could fairly easily get hold of a plane, fill

A Bit Of History Returns, PeopleExpress

PEOPLExpress, originally a Newark, New Jersey-based airline, has been under the radar since 1987, when they merged with Continental. For the last 25 years, the name has faded into a memory for most, but back then, they were a market

A Bit Of History Returns, PeopleExpress

PEOPLExpress, originally a Newark, New Jersey-based airline, has been under the radar since 1987, when they merged with Continental. For the last 25 years, the name has faded into a memory for most, but back then, they were a market

REPORT: Yet Again, Long Haul Low Cost Premium Service Fails

Raising the question ‘Will we ever learn?’ Hong Kong Airlines seems to have dropped it’s premium flights between Hong Kong and London Gatwick, only months after starting them. Add this to the recent news that the all-business class Singapore Airlines

REPORT: Yet Again, Long Haul Low Cost Premium Service Fails

Raising the question ‘Will we ever learn?’ Hong Kong Airlines seems to have dropped it’s premium flights between Hong Kong and London Gatwick, only months after starting them. Add this to the recent news that the all-business class Singapore Airlines

1940s Poster

KLM, The First Airline Poster Boy

KLM might be known as the very first airline in the world, but silently over 90 years they have really generated a cracking archive of posters. They’ve been one of the first airlines to advertise their services and their posters

1940s Poster

KLM, The First Airline Poster Boy

KLM might be known as the very first airline in the world, but silently over 90 years they have really generated a cracking archive of posters. They’ve been one of the first airlines to advertise their services and their posters

Braniff 30 Years On, Still Cool and Colourful

May 12th 1982, the worlds most colourful airline ‘Braniff International Airways’ ceased operations. 30 years ago, the skies were definately a more colourful place. Long gone the days of the humdrum, Braniff took the aviation experience to a whole new

Braniff 30 Years On, Still Cool and Colourful

May 12th 1982, the worlds most colourful airline ‘Braniff International Airways’ ceased operations. 30 years ago, the skies were definately a more colourful place. Long gone the days of the humdrum, Braniff took the aviation experience to a whole new

TheDesignAir Top 10 Liveries 2012

10. Tahiti Nui This livery is great in it’s natural habitat of the colours of the pacific. It’s a naturally warm and modern livery that encapsulates the natural wonders of the Pacific islands. It has clean bold lines and shapes

TheDesignAir Top 10 Liveries 2012

10. Tahiti Nui This livery is great in it’s natural habitat of the colours of the pacific. It’s a naturally warm and modern livery that encapsulates the natural wonders of the Pacific islands. It has clean bold lines and shapes