A closer look at the ANA (All Nippon Airways) livery

By Norebbo •  3 min read

The ANA livery is unique in that it’s one of the simplest – yet one of the classiest in the airline business. This is my opinion of course, but it’s hard to deny that the colors of All Nippon Airways are beautiful (no matter what aircraft type they are painted on).

Consisting of just three colors (white, and two different shades of blue), this livery extends the entire width of the fuselage in a striking “directional” wedge. Most importantly, it’s far more creative than the JAL livery. Better looking airplanes may not cause people to choose one airline over another, but it does help to build brand awareness. ANA is succeeding magnificently in that regard.

How does the ANA livery look on their fleet of aircraft?

ANA operates an extensive fleet of aircraft types, and this blue and white “wedge” livery looks great on all of them. From the 737 to the 77W, it’s a beautiful design which lends itself well to the general shape of an aircraft.

ANA livery on the Boeing 777-300/ER

The Boeing 777-300/ER is an odd-looking aircraft in side view. It’s extremely long and thin, which makes sense considering that it has just as much capacity as a 747-400. Thankfully, the All Nippon Airways makes it look good.

All Nippon Airways 777-381/ER

The All Nippon Airways livery lookin’ good on the 777-300/ER

ANA livery on the Boeing 787

ANA was the launch customer for the Boeing 787. If you’re paying attention, you know I made a the first livery that I painted onto my Boeing 787-8 template was the Japan Airlines (JAL) livery. It’s not like I was trying to go in chronological order or anything, but I should have done the All Nippon Airways version first.

This particular ANA color scheme (below) modified to celebrate the launch of the 787. It features very large ”787″ titles at the forward section of the fuselage, while the rest of the livery remains standard ANA.

ANA 787 livery

ANA (All Nippon Airways) 787 livery on my Boeing 787-8 template

The livery above was ANA’s special livery for all but two of their 787′s shortly after launch of the aircraft. To make matters even more confusing, the livery below is considered “special” as well.

This is how Boeing originally painted those two ANA 787′s before delivery. Since ANA was the launch customer for the type, Boeing had to do a lot of final testing before finally handing the keys over (figuratively, not literally). These aircraft, while considered “experimental”, were ultimately delivered as brand new aircraft to the Japanese airline.

ANA 787-8 experimental livery

The ANA 787-8 experimental livery over top of my Boeing 787-8 template

It’s basically a standard All Nippon Airways livery with a few special markings on the forward section of the fuselage aft of the forward boarding door. But still – no aircraft were delivered to the airline in these colors as they were modified/repainted into one of the two special liveries mentioned above.

Hopefully all of this makes sense. If it doesn’t, don’t worry. I don’t quite get it either.

ANA livery on the Airbus A320

Even on smaller aircraft, this livery works well. The blue is far more prominent than it is on larger aircraft types, but the “wedge” remains intact.

ANA A320 livery

The ANA Airbus A320 – not as impressive as larger aircraft types, but the colors still look great!


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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