New liveries, future models?

There have been a few neat liveries and some new aircraft types wearing new them in the last couple of weeks. Some won’t end up being models of course but the inevitability of some is obvious!

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This is another example of Azul – who seem to have knack for quality liveries (supplied by the same company as JetBlue). I’d say there’s about a 50% chance Phoenix will do this. It’s designed to promote Azul’s frequent flyer programme. Photo courtesy of planespotters.net
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A new generation of Lufthansa owned airline – originally it was going to be just long haul out of Europe but the GermanWings brand is also going to be subsumed into Eurowings later this year. Based in Dusseldorf this is their firs A330 in the new livery. Phoenix won’t be able to resist it.
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Not a new livery but expect to see this appear in the not too distant future – it’s RyanAir’s first 737-700
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One of two 748i BBJ’s – this one has just been painted for the Qatar Amiri flight. The one thing Middle Eastern Potentates seem to find they must have to keep up with the neighbours is a private fleet of 748i’s. So the Emir of Qatar and family has two, Sultan Qaboos of Oman has one, King of Saudi Arabia has two…(so do several Saudi billionaires). None of them however could live with running an A380 and the only one was eventually cancelled after the original buyer sold it mid-build and the new owner changed his mind.
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Firefly painted this one to demo their travel insurance….looks like something JC Wings would do on their excellent ATR-72 mould
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Gemini will be all over this one – Spirit’s first A321
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Aeroclassics might just do this, I’d love one! Venezuela TransCarga
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The whole Hello Kitty thing leaves me cold yet it does have something about it in a bizarre and childish way. Hyper-popular in the Far East and this one was released onto the inaugural Taipei-Houston service. Cabin crew wear Hello Kitty Themed uniforms and meals are served in much sought after Hello Kitty branded and shaped food boxes. If you like that sort of thing….Phoenix are already doing this one
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It may be in Air France’s new livery but this is about goodbyes, not hello’s. AF announced that it will be ending 744 operations on January 10th 2016, 5 months earlier than expected. AF operated 70 747’s over the space of 40 years and now only has 5 in service. They’ve cut them from 20 since 2005. On the other hand BA and Lufthansa have both said they will operate their youngest units until around 2023. Delta, Virgin Atlantic (Heathrow) and United are all to withdraw their 744’s between now and early 2017. Last year Philippine Airlines, EVA, Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, to name a few got rid of theirs. Qantas are looking to as soon as they can afford it, as are many other airlines. Gemini for the last one?