If you thought only automobiles could have custom-paint jobs, well, think again…

A custom paint job is a great way to make your car feel new. Why should airplanes be any different?!

Although most commercial planes are painted white, and some in black, which is to minimize cabin heating and prevent potential damage from solar radiation, there’s no reason why one can’t custom paint an aircraft, and especially when you love your aircraft, the more fun it is to fly and why flying shouldn’t be fun?!

Aircraft custom paint jobs serve several purposes. From scaring the enemy with terrifying military aircraft to expressing one’s individuality with the wealthiest individuals’ private jets- Here’s a curated list of a few aircraft custom-painted jobs that are worth giving a glance at.

All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) A380 series

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The first A380 for All Nippon Airways (ANA) rolls out of the Airbus Paintshop in Hamburg, Germany. The subsequent two A380s would be painted in green and orange respectively- depicting sea turtles that are native to Hawaii.

The ANA A380 livery is one of the most elaborate ever painted by Airbus. It took 21 days for the Airbus team to paint a surface of 3,600m2 using 16 different shades of colour.

French Dassault Rafale M fighter

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“If looks could kill!”

Painted with an “Arctic Tiger” paint job, the fiery red eyes of the artic hunter glowing red against the backdrop of black and white can intimidate anyone! Well, this fighter was a special order for a different NATO Tiger Meet.

A-10 Warthog


One of the very rare times when the Warthog isn’t seen in its classic battle-grey colour job. Adorned with Christmas sheaths and reindeers against a red and white backdrop, guess Christmas is right around the corner?!

The Mil Mi-24 


The Russian Mil Mi-24, NATO reporting name-HIND, is a large gunship and attack helicopter. Variants of the Mi-24 include the Mi-25 and Mi-35 export versions.

The Embraer E190-E2 demo aircraft

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Touted as “the world’s quietest, cleanest and most efficient new-generation single-aisle aircraft”- as stated by the company, the plane is a competitor with the Airbus A220, which is perhaps why the eye-catching look has been so important on its world tour.

The Saab Gripen

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The fourth-generation Saab JAS 39 Gripen is a light single-engine multirole fighter aircraft manufactured by the Swedish aerospace and defence company Saab AB.

A tiger in the air

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The “AMUR TIGER” featuring on the nose of a towering B737 is the brainchild of the collaboration between  Rossi’s Airlines and Amur Tiger centre. This masterpiece required half a ton of paint to finish, indicating how enormous it is.

Lockheed Galaxy C-5


What happens when you turn a massive  2,600 pounds transporter aircraft into a flying mater with a custom paint job? Well, in case you’re having a bad day, here’s a large Lockheed C5 Galaxy to cheer you up.

Dassault Mirage

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The paint job depicts a painting of Saint Michael- an archangel believed to lead heaven’s army against the devil in Revelations.



Although now phased out, the supersonic Concorde needs no introduction. Here’s the funny thing about this Pepsi aircraft and custom paint job – the livery on the classic Concorde has to be white for the aircraft to go full speed!

China Eastern and Pixar collaborate

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If you’re a fan of the movie “toy stories” and its characters, then this “Buzz Lightyear” themed custom-painted Boeing should be reason enough for you to grab your boarding passes and fly!

Alaska Airline


A treat for kids upon seeing this larger-than-life scene of the adored Disney-Pixar hit, this Incredibles 2 paint job was featured on Alaska Airlines during the film’s 2018 release. Also featured on the tail is the famous Alaskan airline Eskimo.

What do you think of the beautiful, innovative and sometimes whacky-wicked cool liveries featured on these aircraft?! Which one would you prefer to fly in?


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