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Qatar Airways A350

Side-profile illustrations of an Airbus A350-900 in the Qatar Airways livery

I’m trying to limit how many Airbus A350 renderings that I create for the time being, primarily because there is precious little reference material to work from at the time of this writing. All I’ve got are some low-res press photos of the first airframe, mixed with a few outdated beauty shots from the Airbus website itself. Because of this, I pretty much know for sure that I will have to go back and clean up some of the little details once the first one is delivered later this year. It’s going to be much easier to clean up one or two illustrations rather than a full collection!

I’ve already created one version of this A350-900 wearing the Airbus factory livery, but I thought it would also be appropriate to create a version of it wearing the colors of the launch customer: Qatar Airways. For those who don’t follow the airline industry, Qatar Airways is a medium-size long-haul airline based out of Doha and are regarded as one of the best airlines in the world in terms of the quality of their products and services. They were one of the preliminary customers for the Boeing 787 as well, so they are very serious about having a modern and state-of-the-art fleet.

As far as their livery goes, all I can say is that it’s unique. It’s surprisingly dark for a middle-eastern airline (who’s planes spend a lot of time baking in the hot sun), and to me, it lacks the “flair” that competitive airlines in the region tend to have. By that I mean gold colors, metallic paints, and earth tones that are more representative of the region they serve. Of course I know it’s easy to be a critic, but as a designer, these are the things I like to talk about. 🙂 One of these days I’m actually going to find the time to design some of my own airline liveries and do some good old fashioned “before and after” comparisons that everyone else can have fun critiquing.

Like all the images I post to this blog, please feel free to use this Qatar Airways A350-900 illustration however you’d like.


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