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Evolution of Aircraft Paint and Livery Design

August 31, 2022

Humble Beginnings In the first decades following the invention of the airplane, paint was expensive, heavy, and had poor adherence. For these reasons, airplane manufacturers would leave the exterior of their aircraft bare, or, with minimal markings such as titles or emblems. It wasn’t until after the Second World War that innovations in paint and…

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A “golden treasure” takes flight

February 25, 2013

On November 24, 2012, Air New Zealand unveiled a stunning livery inspired by the film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” That evening, the themed aircraft took its inaugural flight. It later flew over Wellington, New Zealand to make a brief appearance at the film’s premiere on November 28.

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Air New Zealand’s Hobbit-inspired livery

February 1, 2013

Air New Zealand’s Hobbit-themed Boeing 777-300ER currently holds the record for the largest graphic ever applied to an aircraft. The graphic was made in conjunction with Weta Workshop and took six days to apply.

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1/200 scale PacMin Air new Zealand 777 model in special livery inspired by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Air New Zealand’s Hobbit plane

December 18, 2012

Air New Zealand recently unveiled its 777-300 in a spectacular livery inspired by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The livery features many prominent characters from the film and took six days to install.

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Air New Zealand’s “All Black” livery

November 1, 2012

Next year, Air New Zealand’s Boeing 777-300ER fleet will sport a striking black livery. The livery first appeared as part of the airline’s 2011 All Blacks campaign and received favorable response.

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