Fresh new look for new 'Air Australia' airline

By David Flynn, September 2 2011
Fresh new look for new 'Air Australia' airline

Strategic Airlines is getting a new look to go with the challenger's new 'Air Australia' name.

The fresh lime-and-white livery – accompanied by a boomerang-style flourish in the logo, wingtips and tail – has made its debut on one of Air Australia's Airbus A330s with the rest of the A320 and A330 fleet to follow.

Strategic hopes the eye-catching look will help boost awareness of the airline ahead of a planned mid-December launch of services to the US.

Air Australia will initially run three flights per week from Melbourne and Brisbane to the USA, although due to the use of mid-range A330s, in this instance USA means 'Honolulu', with an onwards connection to the mainland via a US-based partner.

The livery is created by Sean Cummins, who designed the original Virgin Blue colour scheme.

“The challenge was to convey a modern Australian aviation product, for a company with its own heritage and an instant sense of familiarity and like-ability” Cummins explains. “Green is our key colour with a hint of gold and subtle silver-grey representing gum trees, koalas and grey kangaroos."

“The Air Australia symbol is a stylised boomerang, the most striking icon of flight in the Australian lexicon. Because of the company’s strong history as a defence force charter company we have also incorporated the rising sun, also a strong Australian symbol also found on the Australian Army badge.”

Air Australia's Airbus A330-200 planes sport five rows of business class recliner seats in a 2-2-2 configuration.

But with numerous direct flight options from Honolulu to cities in the US and Canada – and a useful 7.30am  arrival time into Honolulu's airport for all flights – it's one worth keeping in mind.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

10 Mar 2011

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Wow... what a shame they didn't go with a more sophisticated look. That colour scheme and livery just screams "LOW COST AIRLINE!"... just like the Virgin Blue scheme used to.

I think Strategic's original livery is more classy than the new one. I do wonder who advises some airlines on their branding! Sorry... it's just awful!

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09 May 2011

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Funny that, considering they are becoming a low cost carrier. Personally I like it. It looks fresh and unique. Definately eye catching.

10 Mar 2011

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You can be a LCC without looking like one though. Fresh and unique is true.. but I can't say I'd look at it and think "Must fly with them".

24 Oct 2010

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That's an interesting observation: is ANY livery a major driver? (Apart from an old or ugly livery steering you away from the airline).

10 Mar 2011

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I don't know if they are a major driver, but certainly a livery on a plane can at least give a positive first impression. It would be no different to any other kind of branding.... You see something that branded well and it leaves a positive impression. 

The Air Australia livery reminds me of Viva Macau or the like where I just think it looks cheap and nasty so wouldn't give a second consideration to flying with them.

Look at the difference with Virgin - The all red planes look nasty, but the clean lines of the white with red looks much classier.

03 Jan 2011

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The green reminds me of Russian airline S7 -- the former Sibir -- which Landor rebranded when I was being a tech monkey in their office way too many years ago. And they're a member of oneworld... I'm still not convinced by the green.

24 Oct 2010

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All I will say is that as much as I appreciate the white-and-lime colour scheme, through no fault of its own it persists in making me think "Lime fresh!" (see if you don't share this memory of '70s Australia).

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