Photo-Gallery: the best airline World Cup liveries

Although defending World champions, Spain, might have had an extra reason to show the colours up in the air when flying to Brazil. Iberia has not been the only airline to come up with a special livery for the Brazil World Cup.

As we did for the London Olympics, here is a (non-exhaustive) list of airlines with World Cup liveries. Which one is your favourite?

1. Brussels Airlines - Belgium

The Airbus A330 that will take the Belgian side to the World Cup. Quite an uncommon duty for Brussels Airlines! Picture: Brussels Airlines

The Airbus A330 that will take the Belgian side to the World Cup. Quite an uncommon duty for Brussels Airlines!

Picture: Brussels Airlines

A conveniently decorated A330 interior. Picture: Brussels Airlines

A conveniently decorated A330 interior. Picture: Brussels Airlines

A detail of Brussels Airlines' World Cup livery. Picture: Brussels Airlines

A detail of Brussels Airlines' World Cup livery. Picture: Brussels Airlines

2. Qantas - Australia

Football (soccer) might not be Australia's top sport, but Qantas seems to take it pretty seriously. Picture: Qantas

Football (soccer) might not be Australia's top sport, but Qantas seems to take it pretty seriously. Picture: Qantas

Australians are quite good at all sorts of sports, let's see how they do in this World Cup! Picture: Qantas

Australians are quite good at all sorts of sports, let's see how they do in this World Cup! Picture: Qantas

The venerable Boeing 747 on an important mission of World Cup importance. Picture: Qantas

The venerable Boeing 747 on an important mission of World Cup importance. Picture: Qantas

3. Lufthansa ("Fanhansa") - Germany

As corresponds to one of the World's football powerhouses, Lufthansa has painted not only one aircraft in "Fanhansa" World Cup livery, but two... Picture: Lufthansa

As corresponds to one of the World's football powerhouses, Lufthansa has painted not only one aircraft in "Fanhansa" World Cup livery, but two...

Picture: Lufthansa

...as in addition to the Boeing 747 depicted above, this A321 will also fly around its special livery in support of "die Mannschaft". Picture: Lufthansa

...as in addition to the Boeing 747 depicted above, this A321 will also fly around its special livery in support of "die Mannschaft". Picture: Lufthansa

4. Air Berlin ("Fan Force One") - Germany

As Lufthansa's two football-themed aircraft were not enough, Air Berlin has also unveiled its own World Cup-liveried aircraft, the "Fan Force One", that has even its own dedicated website where you can track its whereabouts.

5. JAL (Go Japan!) - Japan

Just like Qantas, Japan Airlines is another regular in the industry when it comes to special liveries inspired in major sports events. This Boeing 777 has received the "Go Japan!" livery for the occasion.

6. Aerolineas Argentinas - Argentina

The best football player in the World (and possibly best in history too) will fly on this Aerolineas Boeing 737 Picture: Aerolineas Argentinas

The best football player in the World (and possibly best in history too) will fly on this Aerolineas Boeing 737

Picture: Aerolineas Argentinas

7. GOL - Brazil

And, last but not least, the World Cup guests: Brazilian airline GOL, official carrier of the Brazilian football team (and a very aptly named airline!) could not be missing from this gallery. Here is the video of how they transformed one of its Boeing 737s in a really colourful bird!

Virgin Atlantic joins the safety video craze

In-flight safety video production has become a real creativity contest...and this time is not Air New Zealand!...Virgin Atlantic is upping the game with its latest in-flight safety video, a 5min-long animated movie that recalls a range of scenes from the World of cinema...and features one of its soon-to-join-the-fleet Boeing 787 Dreamliners!

As always in these cases, the only thing left to us is to post the video and say: Enjoy!

What happens when Air New Zealand and Sports Illustrated join forces? Safety in Paradise

Air New Zealand's has not run out of ideas when it comes to releasing new in-flight safety videos.

The latest one is guaranteed to please, at least, our male audience: Safety in Paradise celebrates 50 years of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue by featuring models Chrissy Teigen, Ariel Meredith, Hannah Davis, Jessica Gomes and Christie Brinkley, not on an airplane, but enjoying the sunshine in the Cook Islands, in the South Pacific, one of Air New Zealand's tropical destinations.

This video is, actually, a double issue, since Air New Zealand has also released "The Making of Safety in Paradise", so that you can see a bit more of the work that is involved in the production of this already classical in-flight safety videos.

And I almost forgot to mention!... Air New Zealand is also running a contest, those of you that have seen the video better check it out for a chance to travel to the Cook Islands in good company...!