Icelandair has added some national pride to the skies with the launch of its latest special livery, marking 100 years of Icelandic independence and sovereignty. Proud of its rich Icelandic heritage, the airline has transformed one of its new Boeing 757-300s into a flying piece of artwork, bearing the Iceland national flag, bringing passengers closer to the nation’s history before they even step off the plane.
The pictured Boeing 757-3E7 TF-ISX (msn 30179) formerly flew with Arkia as 4X-BAW.
The unveiling of their “flag” livery highlights another special moment in Iceland’s story by sending off passionate Icelandic soccer fans to support the nation as they make sporting history this summer.
The country is the smallest nation ever to qualify for soccer’s biggest stage and the airline is offering a special service this summer from Iceland to Russia for supporters. Members of legendary fan group “Tolfan” led soccer fans in the iconic ‘Huh’ thunderclap ahead of boarding the milestone livery for the celebratory flight (below).
All of Icelandair’s planes are named after Icelandic volcanoes and locations of natural beauty. “Thingvellir,” is named after Iceland’s breath-taking national park and home of Iceland’s first Parliament. It becomes the third in Icelandair’s family of special liveries, joining “Hekla Aurora” and “Vatnaokull” which were introduced in 2015 and 2017 respectively and inspired by the northern lights and Europe’s second largest glacier.
The new “flag” plane livery also features wonderful touches inside the aircraft to continue the soccer magic, including the illusion of a grass soccer field on the floor. In addition, headrest covers and on-board coffee cups also showcase the flag colors along with quirky references to Icelandic football.
As long-standing sponsors of the national soccer teams, Icelandair celebrated their success earlier this summer with the launch of Team Iceland Stopover, a series of 90-minute, football-inspired experiences co-created by the players and airline, free for all passengers to enjoy.