Five special aircraft liveries

ANA C-3PO-themed livery


INTRODUCED July 2016; launching March 2017


INFO As part of its five-year partnership with The Walt Disney Company (Japan), ANA has already had two of its aircraft wrapped in special themed liveries featuring Star Wars’ R2-D2 and BB-8. Meanwhile, everybody’s favourite gold protocol droid, C-3PO will soon join the line-up by being featured on a B777-200. The C-3PO-themed aircraft will begin flying domestic routes in Japan from March 2017.


Eva Air Hello Kitty-themed livery

EVA Air Hello Kitty B777
EVA Air Hello Kitty B777



INFO Eva Air’s “Hello Kitty” aircraft is as synonymous as the airline itself, with the iconic branding having been an important part of the carrier’s fleet since 2005. Passengers that have flown on these aircraft before will know what to expect onboard, but for the uninitiated, expect to find the cute little feline everywhere – from the cushions in economy to the tableware in business class.


Turkish Airlines Euro 2016 livery

Turkish Airlines EURO
Turkish Airlines EURO livery



INFO Portugal may have already lifted the Euro 2016 trophy, but Turkish Airlines’ Euro-themed livery can still be seen in the air. The A330-300, which has been wrapped in the tournament’s colours, is flying to selected destinations within the Star Alliance member’s network.


KLM “Orange Pride” livery

KLM’s “Orange Pride”



INFO KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has taken national pride to whole new level by introducing its “Orange Pride” livery. The new livery, which is now featured on a B777, is currently operating flights within the airline’s network. However, with effect from early August, the aircraft will begin serving the Amsterdam–Rio de Janeiro route during the 2016 Summer Olympics.


TAM Disney-themed livery

TAM Disney livery
TAM Disney livery

INTRODUCED February 2016


INFO For passengers flying with Brazilian carrier TAM to Orlando earlier this year, the journey to Walt Disney World started on the plane. Along with a colourful livery that features classic Disney characters such as Mickey, Minnie and Donald, the in-flight experience was also adapted to deliver a touch of Disney magic. This included offering Mickey mouse-shaped food and cabin crew wearing Minnie mouse headbands and gloves.

LAN / TAM merger approved

Anti-trust authorities in Brazil have approved the merger between Chilean carrier LAN and Brazilian airline TAM.

The merger was announced last year and will create the largest airline group in Latin America, to be know as LATAM. Chilean authorities had previously approved the merger, with a number of conditions.

As part of the conditions set by Brazil’s Council for Economic Defence (CADE), two pairs of slots will have to be given up at Guarulhos airport for the Sao Paulo-Santiago route.

Speculation will also centre on which airline alliance the merged group will choose to be affiliated with. LAN is currently a member of the BA-founded Oneworld, while TAM is within the 28 carrier-strong Star Alliance, and CADE conditions mean one of the airlines will have to resign its membership.

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Report by Mark Caswell

Wifi on all long-haul TAM flights “in around a year”

The Brazilian carrier says passengers will be able to make mobile phone calls and access wifi internet on all long-haul services, following trials of the service on short-haul flights.

TAM has partnered with OnAir to offer the service on selected short-haul flights over the last nine months, and will now extend the offering to its 12 B777-300ER aircraft (four already in the fleet and eight set for delivery by 2014), as well as its A330 fleet and forthcoming A350s.

The carrier will continue to roll out the service on short-haul flights over the next year, with long-haul passengers set to benefit from the second half of 2012.

The news follows Lufthansa’s announcement that it will equip its long-haul aircraft with wifi internet access by the end of the year (see online news July 26).

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Report by Mark Caswell