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cathay pacific 747 illustration preview

Side-profile illustrations of a Boeing 747-400 in the Cathay Pacific Airways livery

When it comes to airline liveries that define a particular aircraft type, I’d have to say that the Cathay Pacific colors are synonymous with the Boeing 747-400. Of course I realize that this is a highly subjective opinion and you’re likely to get a different answer for each person you ask, but hey – I’m the illustrator here and this is my blog. 🙂 I could also argue that only Pan Am might be a better choice, but they are long gone and they never actually flew the -400 variant of the 747. So out of all the current airlines flying this aircraft today, Cathay Pacific defines this aircraft type for me.

In my opinion, this is one of the best looking airline liveries that has ever been created. The colors are soft and complimentary, the typography is clean and precise, and the logo itself is a classic that is an awesome representation of “flight”.

On a side note, creating this Boeing 747-400 illustration was a lot more involved than I thought it was going to be. The thing that takes the most time with these aircraft illustrations are the wings, and if you look at the overall wing structure of the 747, it appears to be rather simple. From a side profile view, most of the under-wing detail is hidden by the massive Pratt and Whitney engines and their equally-large connections to the wing. But the way the wing interacts with the fuselage on this airplane is rather complex – even more so than the Airbus A350-900 that I recently illustrated.

Anyway, I’m glad to have it done. Especially since it now frees up my time to paint more liveries onto the blank template – just like I did here with Cathay Pacific.

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