5 Liveries I Love

May 30, 2017 | Author: Carrie Sinclair

Our Honeywell 757 test plane just rolled off the runway with a new paint scheme and I’m taking this opportunity to highlight liveries I love. This time we’ve gone way beyond our standard red ribbon, and it’s quite a sight. 

That’s right. And it’s not just any Boeing 757. Honeywell’s 757 flying test bed has been transformed into a Connected Aircraft and boasts new artwork—aka “livery”—in advance of the Power of Connected summer tour beginning May 31 in San Francisco. 

The new design on our test aircraft reflects Honeywell’s mission to bring the Power of the Connected Aircraft to the aviation industry to enhance safety, operational efficiency and passenger comfort. From the nose to tail of a plane, Honeywell is creating new connectivity applications, hardware, services and more to make travel, better and more enjoyable. How are we doing this? By leveraging our long history of developing and manufacturing avionics, environmental systems, engines, auxiliary power units, wheels and brakes and even aircraft lighting gives us a unique aviation-wide perspective on how these systems integrate, connect and make key aircraft components smarter. 

Simply said, Honeywell is the best company to bring a comprehensive connected aircraft platform to life. 

In honor of our aircraft’s unveiling during its world tour, I’m highlighting my favorite five liveries, or aircraft paint schemes. Of course, the new Honeywell Connected Aircraft is a personal favorite, but in the spirit of neutrality here are a few more of my “most-liked.” 

Drum roll please… 

5) Since Honeywell’s aerospace business is based in Arizona, I’m giving an honorary fifth place tie to the former America West’s Phoenix Suns livery and the former US Airways Arizona Cardinals paint job. The teams remain, but both airlines have flown on to new nests. 

America West

4) In fourth place, I give to you Kulula Air’s “Flying 101” plane, cleverly outfitted as an instructional diagram. The South African no-frills airline, sometimes called “The Funniest Airline in the World,” says the design was part of “a strategy to demystify air travel and explain some of the unknowns around air travel and flying.” Look out for some of the quirky lines like “the big cheese,” pointing to the captain, and “black box (which is actually orange)” as the Honeywell avionics folks are glad to point out. Kulula Fleet Gallery

Flying 101

3) For altruistic, artistic and personal reasons, in the third spot, I have chosen Alaska Airline’s “Make-A-Wish” livery, featuring the wish-granting genie from Disney's "Aladdin" and the Make-A-Wish Foundation logo. My son benefited from this great organization, so it holds a special place in my heart. Alaska Airline Make-A-Wish 

2) In the number two position, dressed as everyone’s favorite cartoon cat: the Hello Kitty airplane from EVA Air. Bonus points given because even the interior of the aircraft has a full-blown Hello Kitty theme. EVA Air Hello Kitty even has its own website. 

Hello Kitty

1) Finally, my number one favorite airline livery: the Star Wars™ ANA jets. R2-D2™ or C-3PO™ are great, but there’s a BB-8™ theme also! My family is so into the whole series, it had to come in first. (We actually watch them in order before the next comes out; is that weird?) 

Star Wars

There’s a lot more where these came from, such as Benet Wilson’s Cool Aircraft Liveries on Pinterest and the AirlineReporter Special Livery report (Kung Fu Panda, anyone?) show. And don’t miss WestJet’s Frozen-themed plane

So, blog readers: What are your favorite airplane paint job? I’d love to hear your recommendations! 

And to follow and stay updated on Honeywell’s Connected Aircraft tour, check out www.HoneywellRocks.com.

Carrie Sinclair

Carrie Sinclair

Carrie Sinclair is the director of digital marketing at Honeywell Aerospace. Her responsibilities include content marketing, marketing automation, social and broadcast media and website innovation. In 15 years at Honeywell, Carrie has worked in a variety of roles, including marketing communications, strategic marketing, internet marketing, channel marketing, employee communications and media relations, across both commercial and defense segments. Before joining Honeywell, she was an account executive at Sullivan Higdon & Sink, an advertising and PR firm in Kansas City. Carrie has an MBA in marketing from the University of Kansas and a bachelor's of science from the University of Kansas' William Allen White School of Journalism. When she's not cheering on her alma mater (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!), she's cheering on her boys who play hockey, or knitting something to keep her warm when she cheers them on in hockey.

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