Pros and cons of the Air India livery on the 787-8

By Norebbo •  3 min read

I was scratching my head trying to think of all the current Boeing 787 operators, and for some reason or another Air India didn’t even register in my brain. How can that be? Especially considering how amazing the Air India livery is.

We’ve all heard plenty about every other airline operating the 787 (especially ANA – who were the first to fly it), but for some reason or another Air India just doesn’t get much mention in the news and the media. In light of that, I’ve decided to do an illustration of one of their new 787′s to help give them some of the attention they deserve.

Air India livery

The Air India livery on the 787 is impressive. It’s definitely not for everyone – but it is impressive.

I’ll come right out and say it: I give Air India props for doing something different than all the other airlines. I wouldn’t go as far to call this livery nice, but it is unique, and that gets a lot of respect in my mind.

Pros and cons of the Air India livery

Can you tell that I’m somewhat torn on this? In some regards, it’s one of the best airline color schemes in the air. On the other hand, some of the little details look rushed and unfinished. With that said, allow me to list out a bunch of things that I like and don’t like about this livery:



I was surprised when Air India ordered 787′s to begin with, and I love seeing smaller airlines such as this with cutting-egde fleets. I’m sure they were betting on attracting customers who hadn’t normally considered flying with them before, and I think it worked – I suddenly have the urge to book them for a trip to India that I hadn’t even been planning…


My name is Scott, and I started in the design industry over 20 years ago with a bachelors degree in Industrial Design from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. I have an extensive background in both 2D and 3D illustration, and these days, I spend a majority of my time creating aircraft templates and airliner art. I’m basically an airplane dork.

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