Most‌ ‌Popular‌ ‌Airline‌ ‌Logos‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌World‌ ‌

Most‌ ‌Popular‌ ‌Airline‌ ‌Logos‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌World‌ ‌
Most‌ ‌Popular‌ ‌Airline‌ ‌Logos‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌World‌ ‌

Airline logos are a brilliant example of visual corporate branding and a valuable source of inspiration for budding designers. But you don’t have to be a talented designer to be interested in the logos of the airline. Many people enjoy playing quiz games in which they try to guess as many famous airline logos as possible. By browsing the airline logos in this post, you’ll probably find some trends. Most logos display traditional icons and national colors. Airline companies love to use motifs of flight and birds in their logos to deliver a message that you can travel easily and comfortably with them. In this post, we have mentioned the 15 most common Airline logos to get you off.

1. Qatar Airways

Designed in 2006, the logo of Qatar Airways features a burgundy oryx on a grey background. Oryx is the national animal of Qatar, and its color in the logo matches the color of Qatar’s flag. The name of the airline is written in English, while the Arabic letters spell out the word “Al Qataria”.

2. EgyptAir

EgyptAir’s logo is inspired by the ancient Egyptian mythology, from which it draws the image of Horus, or rather his head. Usually depicted as a man’s body with a falcon’s head, Horus was known as the god of sun, or “Sky god”, so it makes sense that he’s part of an airline logo. EgyptAir has been using this logo since July 2008.

3. SriLankan Airlines

SriLankan Airlines’ logo features a stylized, colorful peacock and an unconventional but elegant typeface. It was revealed as a part of a major rebranding project in 1999. According to Sri Lankan folk tales, a flying machine similar to a peacock once existed, and it was called the Dandu Monara Yanthra. It’s possible that this mythical creature inspired the airline logo. However, a more realistic explanation would be the fact that peacocks are a native species in Sri Lanka.

4. Japan Airlines

The logo of Japan Airlines (JAL) was designed in 1958 by Jerry Huff. Named “tsurumaru” (“crane circle”), the logo depicts a Japanese crane with extended wings. The red color of the emblem symbolizes satisfaction. The inspiration for the logo originated from Japanese culture, which sees the crane as a sign of long life, prosperity and good health. In the myth of the crane, it is said that the bird can fly high for very long without getting tired, which makes it a great symbol for an airline company.

However, in 2002 a new, entirely different logo was unveiled, and it wasn’t very famous nor well-received. Japan Airlines chose to return to the old style in 2011, and it’s still in use today.

5. Emirates

The Emirates logo was created by Negus & Negus Associates in 1985. It’s a simple red-on-white logo with intricate Arabic lettering and the company’s name written in English below it. The red color symbolizes prosperity, leadership, passion and self-confidence, while the white stands for elegance, purity, and nobility.

6. Air Canada

Another combination of red and white, Air Canada’s logo was presented in October 2004 and designed by FutureBrand Worldwide. It contains an encircled maple leaf which is universally recognizable as the national symbol of Canada.

7.  Hawaiian Airlines

The Hawaiian Airlines logo is interesting because it is the only one with a human in place of an animal or an abstract aircraft. A slightly redesigned Logo, originally created by Lindon Leader in 2001, is a logo that you can see above. While the logo still shows the “Icelandic girl” Pualani, in my opinion there is a gradient in the background. The airlines were also tweaking the font to give it a new appearance.

8. American Airlines

The new American Airlines logo was revealed in January 2013 and designed by FutureBrand. It’s an abstraction of a flying eagle in traditional American colors – red, blue and white. The logo was dubbed the “Flight Symbol”, and it supposedly incorporates the elements from previous versions: an eagle, a star and the letter “A”. Challenge yourself and try to see them all.

9. Air Asia

The Air Asia logo is a simple red badge with extremely eye-catching white letters. The Start Creative was created. After the flight disappearance in December 2014, Air Asia introduced a very ill-advised (even if temporary) logo update. On their Facebook page, they changed the logo into gray, which their social media audience was poorly received to view as a symbol of tragedies.

10. Air India

Air India’s logo represents a red flying swan with the wheel of Konark sun temple painted in orange on the swan’s spread-out wing. The colors symbolize vigor and progress, and the Konark wheel is believed to be from the chariot of the sun god. The logo was designed by DMA Branding in 2007.

Apart from the logo, Air India also has a mascot called the Maharajah, which was created by Bobby Kooka and Umesh Rao in 1946 and recently modified to look less traditional and more modern and hipster-ish.

11. Korean Air

The uninformed would say that Korean Air’s logo looks like the Pepsi logo. However, its inspiration is purely traditional and much older than the USA itself, let alone Pepsi. The symbol in the logo is called Taegeuk, and it stands for the “ultimate reality from which everything is derived”. It’s also a part of the South Korean flag. Korean Air’s logo was designed in 1984.

12. Air China

The logo of a phoenix shaped like the acronym “VIP” is in the Air China logo. Built by Han Meilin in 1988, Dongdao Design created the new logo in 2007. This logo has plenty of symbolism, with the phoenix representing luck, beauty, peace and happiness, as well as the color red which symbolizes the workers’ passion and enthusiasm. In 2011 the logo received the Beijing Design Week “Visual Expression Design” award.

13.  Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus is an Irish airline company with a logo that dates back to 1938, when the original shamrock symbol was designed by Robert Logan. Shamrock (young clover) is generally considered to be the Irish national symbol, and it’s connected to the legend of Saint Patrick who used a clover to explain the Holy Trinity to the non-Christian Irish people. The current logo of Aer Lingus was created in 1996, and because of its slanted look it’s often called “The Drunken Shamrock”, which invokes the Irish drinking stereotype.

14. Iberia

Iberia got a new logo in 2013, when Interbrand redesigned the old one and introduced a custom typeface. They used red and yellow, which are the colors of the Spanish flag, to convey the energy of the Spanish character. The new logo was promoted on social media with the hashtags #NewIberia and #NeuvalIberia.

15. British Airways

British Airways still has the famous “Speedmarque” logo which was designed by Newell & Sorrell in 1997 and inspired by the old “Speedbird” symbol used by British air forces before the World War II. The logo comprises the airline company name written in blue letters and a red- and blue-colored ribbon shape above them.

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