Thursday, July 18, 2013

PHOTOS: Check out Aeroflot's 90th anniversary livery, designed by a talented competition winner!

As one of the oldest airlines in existence, Aeroflot launched a very special competition earlier this year to celebrate its 90th anniversary.

What made the competition so special, I hear you ask? Well, members of the public were invited to design a unique livery, with the winning entrant being painted onto the airline’s Sukhoi Superjet.

That’s a pretty awesome opportunity, and while aviation enthusiasts throughout the world were rubbing their hands in glee, there was a slight hurdle for most of them in the terms and conditions... only Russian nationals were permitted to enter!

Despite that geographic limitation, Aeroflot were inundated with entries, which were eventually shortlisted to a handful of finalists and the winner was announced as Alexander Sosnovsky, who wanted the livery to be themed around the Russian folk painting Khokhloma.

Now, I’ve never heard of Khokhloma before, but apparently it’s a decorative painting from the 17th century, which features a variety of wooden utensils and furniture, made with red, green and black on a gold background.

True to its word, Aeroflot has now revealed its SSJ-100 with Alexander’s design, and I’ve included a couple of photos on this page.

More of the images, which were taken by Marina Lystseva, can be found on my Facebook page – click here to visit!

So what do you think of the final result? Was Alexander Sosnovsky a worthy winner?

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  1. Nice paint, fits properly for a celebration.

  2. Those colors would seem more fitting to be on a Volkswagen Bus than an airplane.

  3. It reminds me of Cebu Pacific Air's livery. Its quite a work of art though. Must have spent a great time to finish it.


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