Top 10 Airline Advertisement Posters Of All Time

As times change, various technologies and ways to announce yourself to the world also change. The internet and social media, in particular, has completely shifted the way marketing teams have to work today. Because of the current pace of the world, marketing professionals have to have lightning fast reactions to the newest trends. While that has certainly produced some phenomenal advertisement campaigns, on the other hand, it certainly has taken away attention from print media.

And that is where nostalgia kicks in and we start to miss the “good old days”, where posters were as beautiful as ever. So, inspired by nostalgia we present to You the top airline posters that have caught our attention and never let go of it.

Ukraine International Airlines

Before we start the list, a quick shout-out to this unique piece of art. There are a lot of words that could describe this Ukraine International Airlines poster. However, if I had to pick one – I’d pick cheeky. The poster is damn cheeky. The artist was very brave to depict the Christ The Redeemer statue with the Statue Of Liberty sleeping together!

Interestingly enough, Ukraine International Airlines never commissioned this poster. Nor did they contact an agency or a designer to create it. The author, Aleksandr Bozhko created this piece of art to attract attention to his art. He also planned to enter Altai Fake Festival with his creation. Ukraine International Airlines Poster. Author: Aleksandr Bozhko Ukraine International Airlines Poster. Author: Aleksandr Bozhko.

But before he knew it, the poster found its way to the internet and then a whole lot of outrage followed. Aleksandr tried to play the part of Don Quixote and tilt at windmills and get the poster off the internet. As we can see above, unfortunately, he was defeated. But maybe for the best, as we can still enjoy the cheeky poster!

10. Royal Jordanian

The flag carrier of Jordan has certainly had its fun with the United States Presidential Election in 2016. Poking fun at Donald Trump and his proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States, if he became the president, the poster has a very clear message to Jordanians. Jump in, while the door is still open! The airline collaborated with Memac Ogilvy and created a poster with the headline “B(a)on Voyage!”. Royal Jordanian Ban Voyage Poster. Author: Memac Ogilvy Royal Jordanian Ban Voyage Poster. Author: Memac Ogilvy.

And the fun did not stop there. When the US government banned electronic devices bigger than mobile phones in 2017 on flights that arrive in the United States from ten airports in the Middle East, the Jordanian airline decided to poke the orange bear once again. Royal Jordanian Electronics Ban Poster. Author: Memac Ogilvy Royal Jordanian Electronics Ban Poster. Author: Memac Ogilvy.

9. Southwest

We‘ve all seen the crime movies or TV series about the daily lives of policemen. One of the negotiation tactics policemen use is good cop, bad cop“. One of them acts emphatically, tries to understand the criminal‘s motives and tries to support him. Meanwhile, the bad cop will humiliate the suspect with insults, aggressive shouting and wild accusations.

Anyhow, Southwest decided to use a bit of wordplay and create the personas “Good cop, Bag Cop”. The purpose of these personas is to advertise their policy of not charging fees for passengers’ bags. Together with a TV ad, Southwest put out some pretty cool looking posters: Good Cop Bag Cop. Southwest Airlines Poster. Author: David Crawford Good Cop Bag Cop. Southwest Airlines Poster. Author: David Crawford. Good Cop Bag Cop. Southwest Airlines Poster. Author: David Crawford Good Cop Bag Cop. Southwest Airlines Poster. Author: David Crawford.

8. BOAC – British Airways

Okay, these posters might not be some wonderful artwork that will soon follow. Nevertheless, they are here for their cultural impact. The de Havilland Comet and the Concorde aircraft were the first of its kind. Thus, the posters showcasing their introduction into service carried a lot of significance not only to the aviation industry.