Ryan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1658 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7532 times:
My personal favourite is the red/grey bowling shoe scheme. I was hoping to see a DC-10 in those colours in AMS in a couple of weeks, but since the DC-10s are gone now and the A330s now fly there in the new red/silver scheme.
I have read that NW operate one flight with a 757 to AMS, so I hope that might be in the old colours.
It was essentially a concept (hybrid) of the "Bowling Shoe" livery and what would become the current "nwa" livery.
Else, I love the "Bowling Shoe's" logo, it was ingenious. "Its a N, its a W, its a compass pointing towards the Northwest." Its too bad NW did away with it in favor of a corny compass that points to the Northeast on the right side of the aircraft.
AlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7474 times:
I like the classic one - the "D.B. Cooper" one, as the thread-starter calls it. But I like all of them actually. NW never fully went the way of the "eurowhite" - even now it has some cream/silver fuselage color instead of plain white.
The problem with the bowling shoe: Even though the added red on the roof looks really cool, especially on the B744s since there's that much more red, the grey sides ruin it. Grey is almost as boring as white. At least it wasn't United's 1990s scheme. Also, the NW "compass," although clever/creative, is way too small for the tails it was put on. Especially on the DC-9s, where the compass is way off center and just looks wrong. I really like the current tail, and the current typeface, but sometimes it just doesn't look right on certain aircraft, like the A320, which would probably look best in one of the older two liveries.
PacNWJet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 7440 times:
I may be the only one here who likes best what I call the "Northwest Orient" scheme that originated in the 1970s. What appeals to me about that livery is the mix of bare metal and multiple bright colors that accentuate the qualities of an airplane as a machine. If you compare the Northwest Orient scheme with the livery of CP Air in the 1970s, you can see the similar way in which bare metal and paint combine to emphasize the impressive dimensions of a modern airliner as a feat of mechanical engineering. The liveries of those two airlines on the 747 in particular demonstrates this. Check out these photos:
Nitrohelper From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 474 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7397 times:
The Bowling Shoe with an update that changes the gray to a royal blue ,and the white to the new silver.
The new tail logo sucks, the old one with the double meaning was original & timeless, no need for change.
The lower case nwa looks wimpy!
Wulff must have a depressing outlook to bring that dead gray color to two airlines.