Macau Flying High

The eye-catching livery of the ‘Prosperous’ fuselage

In mid-2014, Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) received a proposal from Air Macau to both celebrate the occasion of the Macau SAR’s 15th anniversary and promote the city’s image by decorating the fuselage of a brand-new A321 – named the ‘Prosperous’ – with the skyline of Macau and its iconic landmarks. MGTO enthusiastically embraced the idea and the plane is now in service on the Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing routes. The image will be retained for a period of six years.

In addition to the eye-catching imagery, the message ‘Macau Welcomes You’ in English and Chinese on the carrier’s body underscores the sentiment loud and clear, acting as a veritable calling card inviting Air Macau travellers to visit the city.

Air Macau invited MGTO Deputy Director Cecilia Tse to be the godmother of the brand-new A321 at a multi-faith religious ceremony to ‘baptise’ the ‘Prosperous’, on which occasion Mr. Zheng Yan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Air Macau, said, “Air Macau co-operated with the Tourist Office and had the landmarks of Macau painted on the aircraft. We have just celebrated the 20th anniversary of the company and we’re about to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Macau SAR. The new aircraft ‘Prosperous’ will bring the tourism image of Macau to all destinations of the carrier, presenting goodwill and blessings to all passengers and the motherland”.

‘Prosperous’ departed from the Airbus manufacturer’s base in Hamburg, Germany, flew over Athens, Dubai and Yangon, and landed in Macau on 29th October 2014.

In other developments, a number of airlines intend to open routes to Macau. Taiwan's first budget airline Tiger Air said Macau was its first overseas destination and hopes to fly to the SAR by the end of this year. Flights to Bali are also expected to be operational by the end of this year, while Jeju Air of South Korea plan flights to Macau commencing next summer.