Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Student designs the livery of Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800… check out the results!

Student designs the livery of Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800 [Photo: Alaska Airlines]
17-year-old Aaron Nee has quite an impressive claim to fame. The high school student has designed a special livery for Alaska Airlines, which has debuted on the airline’s Boeing 737-800.

I’ve included a photo of the unique paint theme – dubbed ‘Spirit of the Islands’ – on this page, with a few more available in a photo album on The Aviation Writer’s Facebook page.

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Nee's winning design displays a voyaging canoe depicting the cultural diversity of the Islands, a bright yellow hibiscus (the state flower), the Hawaiian Island chain and the phrase "Spirit of the Islands."

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The design was selected from among more than 2,700 submissions by students across the Hawaiian Islands in a statewide "Paint-the-Plane" contest sponsored by Alaska Airlines, in partnership with the Hawaii State Department of Education and Hawaii Association of Independent Schools.

A 10-member judging panel, comprised of Hawaii artists, educators and other local community members, carefully scored and selected the three top designs, which were then voted on by Hawaii residents in an online public vote.

As the grand prize winner, Nee received a trip for four to any of the carrier's destinations and a $5,000 scholarship.

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"This has been an incredible opportunity to share Hawaii's beauty with people throughout the country," said Nee. "This contest helped me to sharpen my graphic design skills and demonstrated that with hard work, attention to detail and determination, great things are possible."

What are your thoughts on the livery? As always, please feel free to share your comments on the photos here, and you can also get in touch on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ - I look forward to connecting with you!

"Spirit of the Islands" trivia
  • The 129-foot-long Boeing 737-800 has a wingspan of 117 feet and a cruising speed of 530 mph.
  • A crew of 18 worked around the clock for 24 days at Aviation Technical Services in Everett, Wash., to paint the plane, which required 26 colors and about 140 gallons of paint, including 20 gallons of primer. In addition, 28,800 yards of masking tape were used.
  • The plane accommodates 157 passengers and six crew members.
  • The aircraft will fly throughout most of Alaska Airlines' network, connecting destinations from Hawaii to San Diego and from Anchorage as far south as Mexico.
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  1. That is mighty impressive!

  2. Way to go Aaron Nee, now everyone will love the B737NG. :-)

  3. Air America - this is how to paint a plane!

  4. Delightful! eye-soothing & heart-warming!

    To the 17-year-old designer, Aaron Nee : Great ! Fantastic !
    To the painters : great job as well.

    & Thank you Robeel for such an interesting news!

  5. Love it! Bright and colourful.

  6. Wow! Possibly 1 of the best exotic liveries I've ever seen on a Boeing 737!

  7. Usually Alaska would use their 737-400s for special liveries. I like the mix-up.

  8. Its really awesome that a 17 year old can create a plane.


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