Special aircraft designs hit the skies

About comic characters, sportive support and ancient heritage: Three Star Alliance member airlines introduced new themed aircraft designs this year.

Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines unveiled "Aerosmurf", its fifth Belgian Icon. The Smurfs design by the Italian Marta Mascellani, chosen by the public as the result of a Belgian Icon contest, will represent Belgium on a Brussels Airlines A320 aircraft. The Smurfs, who celebrate their 60th birthday this year, are one of Belgium’s most loved comic characters and are sure to be the perfect flying ambassadors for Belgium. 
The name Aerosmurf is the title of a Smurfs comic album which tells the story of a little Smurf whose dream is to fly. The little Smurf tried several ideas, but none of them work, until he builds a plane. Since then, the little Smurf is known as Aerosmurf.
Overall, 19 smurfs adorn the outside of the airplane. For passengers flying with Aerosmurf the experience continues inside. Little smurf footsteps on the carpet are leading the Aerosmurf guests to their seats, while a Smurfs video and adapted boarding music complete the Smurfs experience.


Being the official airline partner of Egypt's national football team, EGYPTAIR specially painted one of its B737-800 NG aircraft. The airline will also fly the football team to Russia for this year's World Cup.

Turkish Airlines

A Turkish Airlines A321 aircraft now sports the livery of the ‘Trojan Horse’ image after the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced 2018 as “The Year of Troia”. With this aircraft the airline contributes to the promotion of “The Year of Troia” through its worldwide flights.
Located near the village of Tevfikiye in the province of Çanakkale, Troy is one of the most famous ancient cities in the world. “The Year of Troia” coincides with the 20th anniversary of the admission of the archaeological site of Troia to UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List.