Epic touchdown: The BIG plane made history when it became the first AirAsia plane to land in KLIA2.
The first AirAsia plane
to land in KLIA2 features
a livery design that’s inspired by creative folks from the region.
Krittaphong Wongsachai was beyond ecstatic and perhaps a little awestruck the first time he laid eyes on the AirAsia BIG plane. A perfectly valid reaction, considering how his portrait caricature was blown up and incorporated into the livery design of an Airbus A320.
The Bangkok native had participated in a social media contest on the low-cost carrier loyalty programme’s Facebook page, submitting a livery design inspired by the koi fish. Krittaphong’s design beat 50 other entries and won the grand prize, garnering more than 500 votes from social media users.
“The koi is believed to be a lucky fish in Asian culture, having the power to enhance lives and bring auspiciousness,” the 27-year-old says of his winning design.
He adds that the fish is also recognisable for its red and white hues, which also happens to be the colours associated with AirAsia.
Krittaphong (who works on computer graphics for flight simulators), walked away with 100,000 BIG points (equivalent to three complimentary return flights from Bangkok to Hong Kong).
Also, of course, the opportunity to have an illustration of himself superimposed onto the plane which plies both domestic and regional routes.
The win was made more significant when it became the first AirAsia plane to land in KL International Airport2 (KLIA2) in May. The aircraft had flown in from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
The BIG plane also features portrait caricatures of six other lucky winners with imaginative submissions. Those individuals are Mohd Afiq Ashraf Mohd Akhir, Ooi Yeap Lin, Shazaliza Sakiman, Fong Hau Yon and Omar Shamsuddin – all Malaysians.
Graphic design student Mohd Afiq, 23, believes that this exposure will give him a huge boost in his art portfolio.
He adds that being one of the Top 6 entries from among 50 other competitors made it a truly sweet victory.
Local artist Cheeming Boey, 37, was commissioned for the caricatures. Best known for his illustrations on foam coffee cups and the daily webcomic iamboey, the artist was also tasked with the overall livery design of the BIG plane.
Boey admits that it was quite unnerving for him to make the transition from disposable cups and a virtual template to a full-scale airplane.