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Flying the flag: Great World Cup airplane paint jobs

By CNN Staff
updated 4:28 AM EDT, Thu June 12, 2014
"Vamos Argentina" says the Aerolineas Argentinas Boeing 737. It also sports the I-just-scored-a-wondergoal expressions of Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero. "Vamos Argentina" says the Aerolineas Argentinas Boeing 737. It also sports the I-just-scored-a-wondergoal expressions of Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Airlines are playing their part in the World Cup fever, with many rolling out themed liveries
  • Brazil's team is using a plane completely covered by graffiti art
  • Germany's Lufthansa has renamed eight of its planes to "Fanhansa"

(CNN) -- They may have a silly name and be 750-1 against to win the tournament, but Australia's "Socceroos" were Team Keen on May 28, arriving first for the Brazil World Cup in a specially designed Qantas jet marked with the team logo.

Thus began a small but nevertheless slideshow-worthy trend for spruced up World Cup aircraft.

Brazil's GOL adopted the role of attention-stealing host, with a paint job so magnificent it's worthy of its own gallery.

Germany's Lufthansa became "Fanhansa" on eight planes, in a design that valued minimalism and efficiency over gaudy ostentation.

Click through the gallery for more.

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