Today is the start of the World Cup and what better way to celebrate than with some special World Cup airplane liveries! First up we have Lufthansa’s “Fanhansa” painted on select B747-8 and A321-200 aircraft.
The first aircraft with the new “Fanhansa” livery was an Airbus A321-200, named after the town of Göttingen in Lower Saxony.
Lufthansa is celebrating a special premiere with Fanhansa. For the first time since beginning flight operations nearly 60 years ago, part of the fleet is to change the name on the aircraft fuselage. To mark the football World Cup, a total of eight Lufthansa aircraft will swap their familiar livery for the new Fanhansa logo. The Airbus A321-200 will be followed by two additional short-haul aircraft and a total of five long-haul aircraft with the Fanhansa lettering, including the Boeing 747-8, the world’s longest civilian aircraft.
With Fanhansa, Lufthansa will be flying not just the German national team to Brazil, as partner of the German Football Association, but also thousands of football fans, media representatives and officials. During the many surprise Fanhansa promotions that will be happening on board Lufthansa scheduled flights and at check-in counters and gates in German airports, participants will be able to qualify immediately for a ticket to Brazil on board a Fanhansa plane.
During the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Lufthansa painted soccer balls on the noses of select aircraft.
Next up, Brazilian low-cost carrier GOL. The official carrier of the Brazilian Team partnered with two Brazilian twin graffiti artists to create a special B737 livery.
For the World Cup special livery, the brothers decided to paint a plane filled with faces. They believe that viewers with the dream of walking on the clouds can relate to the faces since faces-on-planes is the only way to achieve the dream.The project was done in a week using 1200 cans of spray paint. The engineers of the GOL hangar, pleased with the results, admitted that at first they were puzzled of what the brothers were doing and didn’t know what was going to happen. Not only did the brothers intend to design a plane that will be transporting the Brazilian team, they also wanted to break the boring routine at airports and to give travelers a surprise.