Hungarian budget airline, Wizz Air, has launched a competition inviting creative talent from around the world to design a livery for one of its Airbus A321neo aircraft based on the green theme of “sustainability.” The winning sustainability livery will be featured on an operational Wizz Air aircraft as part of the carrier’s green initiative.

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Budding designers are being given the chance to see their designs featured on a Wizz Air aircraft. | © Valery Collins

Have you ever fancied designing an aircraft livery? Here’s your chance!

To promote its commitment to becoming the greenest choice of air travel, Wizz Air is offering the public the chance to get involved with designing an exclusive sustainability livery for one of its new Airbus A321neo aircraft. Entrants will be required to develop a design that reflects the theme of “sustainability” and have been asked to look beyond overusing the colour green and overtly obvious elements.

In addition to having the chance to see their design flying high in the sky, the winner will also receive €2000 worth of WIZZ Vouchers (10 WIZZ Vouchers valued at 200 each to be used on the carrier’s extensive route network).

Entries will be judged by staff from the airline’s marketing, communications and fleet departments, and feasibility studies will be performed for the winning design.

The competition will run from 10:00 a.m. CET on 20th January 2023 until 23:59 p.m. on 12th February 2023. Full competition details, design guidelines, and templates can be found on the airline’s website.

Sustainability Livery Template
Design templates, such as those featured here, can be downloaded from the airline’s website. | © Wizz Air Hungary Ltd.

Wizz Air’s Climate Commitments

In an effort to highlight the airline’s sustainability efforts, including the carrier’s commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 25% by 2030, Wizz Air’s livery competition is just one of the sustainability initiatives that the airline has launched.

Following a deal signed in 2022, the airline is on track to acquire 75 additional A321neo aircraft, which are due to be delivered by 2028–2029. Compared to the previous model, the Airbus A321neo makes use of the latest aviation technologies, with substantial environmental benefits, including an almost 50% reduction in the aircraft’s noise footprint, a 50% reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions and a 20% reduction in fuel consumption.

The airline has also set itself the ambitious goal of becoming a 500-aircraft airline by the end of the decade, to build upon the 165 ultra-modern and efficient Airbus aircraft currently in its fleet.

The airline has also been recognised for its green credentials, with it being named “Global Environmental Sustainability Airline Group of the Year 2022″ by CAPA (Centre for Aviation) as one of the top-performing carriers in the EMEA region.

Seventy-five additional A321neo aircraft are set to join Wizz Air’s fleet by 2028–2029 © Christophe VEYRON

Wizz Air’s PreviousThemed Liveries

Numerous airlines have made use of their planes’ liveries, frequently being used as “flying billboards”.

Wizz Air’s recent “sustainability” livery announcement is not the first time that the airline has showcased a themed livery on its aircraft.

In 2016, in partnership with Budapest Airport and as a part of the city’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the airline unveiled special, Budapest-themed liveries on two of its planes: one Airbus A321 and one Airbus A320 from the carrier’s Budapest fleet.

The specially commissioned liveries featured colourful waves which were added to reflect the Danube River, which flows through the city. At the time, József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air, noted that he hoped the themed aircraft would “help to create international buzz and inspire people to visit Budapest”.

At the time, József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air, expressed his hope that the themed aircraft would “help to create international buzz and inspire people to visit Budapest”.

The aircraft operated from November 2016 to August 2017 for the entirety of Budapest’s Olympic bid.

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Wizz Air unveiled a colourful, Budapest-themed livery in 2016. | © Burmarrad (Mark) Camenzuli

What are your thoughts on Wizz Air’s sustainability livery competition? Will you be taking part? Let us know in the comments!