I've been wanting to compile our Flag Carriers in one posting and put a little twist to it. The national airline that carries our flag says a lot about our country -- and our region! The service, the smiles, the in-flight meals, the uniforms and the most visible of it all... the livery!
Cambodia's defunct national airline Royal Air Cambodge comes at No.10 for obvious reasons. Do you see a change between the 1998 photo and 2001?--None. This airline went bankrupt in 2001 and eversince; Cambodia goes without a flag carrier.
The region's largest airline comes at No.9... for the same reason -- no change in livery between a photo in 1985 and 2007. But if you would look closely...they only added a tiny gold lining on the tail! Singapore Airlines was established in 1947; has 96 planes + 107 on delivery; and flies to 65 destinations. With the number of planes they have, Singapore Airlines has as little as 5 incidence on safety according to Aviation Safety Database. This is one of the world's undisputed best airline. Website: http://www.singaporeair.com/ "A Great Way to Fly."
Established in 1974, they have 10 planes on their fleet. Flies to 21 destinations and has 0 incidence of safety-issues. Website: http://www.bruneiair.com/ Airline slogan: "We don't give a hoot if you fly with us or not...we got lotsa mullah already!" -- just kidding! What's Royal Brunei's slogan anyway?
Ay-yai-yay caramba! Is it really Myanmar International? The first time I saw the new livery in 2006 I fell off my seat! From that boring 1999 design comes a beauty to behold! Is it really MAI? I have to take a picture to make sure...but it occured to me, why is the livery a little bit familiar? As it turned out, MAI shares the same colours with Pegasus Airlines of Turkey. Hmmm....whatever. Myanmar's flag carrier was established in 1993; has 13 fleets that flies to 4 (yes, 4!-- don't laugh!) destinations. MAI has 11 incidence in safety. Website: http://www.maiair.com/ "Modern Comforts, Gentle Traditions."
Whether you agree with us or not; whether you cry biased or whatever... Thailand's flag carrier lands at No.2 with it's "oh-that's-so-huh?-is-that-really-fucken-wha'?" livery. This new colors made a stir in European airports, plane spotters go ga-ga and made the designers go "ooooohhh-la-la!" Ha! I don't have to convince you it's beautiful because you KNOW it is! Dammit!
Thai Airways International was established in 1960; has 91 fleets + 17 more coming; and flies to 74 destinations. Safety incidence? 9. Website: http://www.thaiairways.com/ "Smooth As Silk."
And there it is... Vietnam's flag carrier taxiing through the runway...it's color transforms in all shades of blue by the changing skylight...the gold lotus tail gleaming and proud...
The sight of Vietnam Airlines new livery is awe-inspiring indeed. From the very conservative 90's design to the dusky, almost enigmatic colours of 2007.
Haunting, enigmatic, golden colors that truly reflect's Vietnam's culture as a whole.
Truly the region's best airline make-over!