Icelandair transforms B757 into flying piece of art

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Icelandair has transformed one of its Boeing 757-200 into a flying piece of art with livery of the Vatnajökull glacier emblazoned as part of the airline’s 80th anniversary celebrations.

The Vatnajökull plane, like the others in the airline’s fleet, is named after an Icelandic volcano and is the second in the fleet to be adorned with hand crafted artwork. Hekla Aurora, created in 2015 and inspired by the northern lights, was the first.

The plane was spray painted by hand, by a team of artists; the same group who created the Hekla Aurora plane. The process of airbrushing used to create the image of the glacier is a highly unusual, skilled job that took the team a total of 24 days to complete using 195 litres of paint.

The new Vatnajökull plane also features wonderful touches of glacier magic within its interiors to replicate the experience of the Vatnajökull glacier itself. Ambient moving LED blue lighting is installed in the main cabin, and headrests adorned with a beautiful ice white and brilliant turquoise design. Even the drinks trolley will be transformed into a mini ice-cave, while cups, napkins, and even sick bags will be decorated with glacier prints!

The Vatnajökull glacier is the most active in Iceland with around 60 eruptions over the last 800 years, and covering 8% of the country’s land mass. With three active volcanoes under its surface, it is considered to be one of the seven natural wonders of Europe.

Birkir Hólm Guðnason, CEO at Icelandair comments, “We can’t wait to share the Vatnajökull with our passengers. Icelandair believe that traveling is one of life’s great pleasures and a trip on this plane will ensure customers experience time well traveled, as they sit back and experience Iceland’s most extreme elements from the comfort of their own seats.”

The Vatnajökull plane took a celebratory flight on 13th May 2017, following a special flight path over the very glacier it is named after.

Icelandair Vatnajokul

Icelandair’s new livery, Vatnajokull, takes a celebratory flight over the largest glacial mass in Europe, which inspired it. The plane joins the airline’s transatlantic fleet.

Icelandair Boeing 757-200 Livery

An Icelandair Boeing 757-200 is given a new livery depicting the largest glacial mass in Europe, Vatnajokull glacier in Iceland. The plane joins the airline’s transatlantic fleet.

Icelandair Boeing 757-200 Livery

An Icelandair Boeing 757-200 is given a new livery depicting the largest glacial mass in Europe, Vatnajokull glacier in Iceland. The plane joins the airline’s transatlantic fleet.

 Icelandair Vatnajokull Plane Interior

Icelandair Vatnajokull Plane Interior

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About: Wayne Farley

Wayne Farley is a safety evangelist who has 30 years of experience in the aviation industry with many of those years spent as an air traffic controller in aerodrome, approach and area facilities. He is an aviation enthusiast and maintains an active blog.

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