No 1 “Yak Cute” Painted on Thai AirAsia A320-200
Thai AirAsia paired up with The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) for the “Paint the Sky” contest. The winning design, “Yak Cute” by Cherdsak Moeikanmak, is now flying around Southeast Asia. With over 200 entries, Moeikanmak’s design is the one which took first in the “Amazing Thailand-Amazing Destination” Category.
Landmarks including Wat Pho and Wat Arun adorn the Thai AirAsia Airbus A320-200, unveiled on September 26, 2016. The “Yak Cute” painting takes a modern style to these iconic images. A special ceremony took place at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport as the aircraft made its first public appearance.
Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, TAT’s Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, and Mr. Tassapon Bijleved, CEO of Thai AirAsia, were on-hand to congratulate contest winners. Both say the plane will serve as great a cultural ambassador, promoting and inviting visitors to Thailand.
Another Winner: “Thai Culture, It’s Made for Travel”
A second design takes accolades in the “Amazing-Thailand: Amazing Culture” category. Narathip Paspirom is the big winner in the culture grouping. His triumphant display of creativity will be the next to hit the skies. A second Airbus A320-200 will get a facelift to show-off Paspirom’s “Thai Culture, It’s Made for Travel.” The jet is scheduled to fly just in time for the busy end of year travel period.
This livery is described as a fun, graphical take combining Thai patterns, textiles, festivities, and iconic landmarks. The artist incorporates Loy Krathong into the theme along with temples and elephants.
Flying Cultural Ambassadors
Both aircraft will serve as airborne cultural ambassadors as they hop across Southeast Asia. They’re certain to draw attention while posing for for many photographs. It’s a sure bet the aircraft will travel across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as fascinated fliers and AvGeeks alike snap and share photographs.
Aside from having designs come to life, the duo won free tickets anywhere Thai AirAsia operates plus with a cash prize of of 50,000 THB ($1400 USD).
Thai AirAsia currently serves 69 routes, both domestic and international. Like other successful low cost carriers, the airline only uses one aircraft type – the Airbus A320-200. Thai AirAsia (IATA: FD, IACO: AIQ) is a joint venture with Malaysian based AirAsia (IATA: AK, IACO: AXM). The AirAsia Group affiliates include Indonesia AirAsia, Philippines AirAsia, AirAsia India, and the long-haul, low-cost AirAsia X.