Lonely Planet Writer

This new plane looks like a shark and has no middle seats

A new airplane painted to look like a shark is so attention-grabbing that it’s distracted from one its most interesting interior features – no middle seats.

An Embraer SA E190-E2 passenger aircraft with a face of shark painted on its nose cone stands on display before the Airshow China 2018 on November 4, 2018 in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province of China. Image by VCG/VCG via Getty Images

Brazilian plane manufacturer Embraer has been showing off a new aircraft with an incredible shark livery. The Embraer E190-E2 demo aircraft has been on a tour around the world, most recently stopping at airports around China, after being in the US, Africa, Europe and more. The show-stopping plane – nicknamed the Profit Hunter – has long been on this promotional tour, but its unique paint job is once again grabbing attention.

One of Embraer’s planes with a tiger livery. Image by Embraer

Embraer describes the plane as “the world’s quietest, cleanest and most efficient new generation single-aisle aircraft”. According to CNN Travel, the plane is a competitor with the Airbus A220, which is perhaps why the eye-catching look is so important to its world tour. But while the manufacturer is currently hoping to catch the eyes of airlines looking for new fleets, the E190-E2 is already in use by the Norwegian regional airline Widerøe since April of this year.

An E195-E2 with an eagle livery. Image by Embraer

Embraer has unveiled a number of the planes with striking liveries – including tigers and eagles – as it promotes its planes to carriers around the world. While they are certainly attention-grabbing, there are other features that might pique the interest of passengers much more than a fancy paint job. The planes feature a two-by-two seat layout – which means there are no middle seats. Without them, the company says that passengers have a more enjoyable flight experience with more legroom and luggage storage space.