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Most Radical Livery Changes  
User currently offlineER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2510 posts, RR: 7
Posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 6029 times:

With the great love/hate fest going on over the 748i paint scheme, it got me to thinking about airlines that made major livery changes that completely changed the look of their planes. A couple that come to mind are UA's gray and blue after the predominantly white with red/orange stripe, CO going with the globe on a blue background on their tails after the "meatball" on gold and NW's "bowling shoe" livery after the mostly bare silver scheme. I'm sure there were others, these are just some fairly graphic examples.

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User currently offlinehotplane From UK - England, joined Jul 2006, 1038 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5974 times:

BA's 1997-2000 World Images spring to mind!


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User currently offlineckfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5218 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5844 times:

When America West went from the medium blue and dark red trim to the greenish-turquoise and orange trim, along with the bolder graphics.

User currently offlineCargoLex From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1262 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5770 times:

I think the most dramatic of all changes was Braniff's decision to change from the Charles Beard/"El Dorado" look to the Alexander Girard/"Jelly Bean" look in 1965. One might suggest that this change brought about all subsequent livery modernizations. In one sweep Braniff completely remade it's image from a rather solid but stodgy player into a splashy, glamorous organization that was ultimately better at promotion than actual service.

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User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5478 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5742 times:

Blast from the past time here are two classics of legacies that are in legacy heaven.


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User currently offlineFly2yyz From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 1044 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5721 times:

Korean Air went from something drab to something spectacular!


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User currently offlineER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2510 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5719 times:

Quoting Fly2yyz (Reply 5):
Korean Air went from something drab to something spectacular!

Wow, I completely forgot about that one - great example there!!!


User currently offlineLuka From Serbia, joined Aug 2006, 185 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5681 times:

Jat Airways went from a great livery to a circus one


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User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5478 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5644 times:

But wait! There's More!

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the old and the new in 1 shot.

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User currently offlinemaxpower1954 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 1090 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5633 times:

Quoting zippyjet (Reply 4):
Blast from the past time here are two classics of legacies that are in legacy heaven.

The ORIGINAL National Airlines 1934-1980, my personal favorite - Thanks for posting!


User currently offlinegoldenargosy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5512 times:

Alia to Royal Jordanian in the mid-to-late 80's. First time I saw the Royal Jordanian 747 parked at the JFK international terminal all decked out in its new grey, gold and red livery I was amazed at how forward looking it was for that time period.

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25154 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5453 times:

CP Air's livery change in 1968 was fairly radical.


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User currently offlinePacNWjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 978 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5444 times:

Garuda's change in the 1980s was pretty dramatic:


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User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 514 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5387 times:

The recent AY livery change came to mind when I saw this thread. I liked the old livery and I have no idea why they changed it to something terrible.



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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3818 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5373 times:

Recently, TAME of Ecuador went from spectacular to boring.

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User currently offlinenonimaus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5336 times:

Spirit Airlines went from their fairly nifty silver/grey pixelated squares scheme to it's current technicolour-yawn inducing childlike scheme. I'd post thumbnails but I'm not sure how to do it on here.

User currently offlinevhqpa From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 1456 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5325 times:

Ansett had a pretty drastic change back in 1981.


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User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2020 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5301 times:

Avianca has had quite a history with livery changes.


First, the original and beautiful red and white:



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Then the horrible gray Alianza Summa livery when they merged with VX (Aces):



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And finally now to a more gorgeous red:



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User currently offlinePacNWjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 978 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5241 times:

Political changes prompted a radical change in South African's livery:


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User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1297 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5234 times:

This could get ugly, but here's an instance I came up with:

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And to think one day they'd look like this?!

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User currently offlinektrick45 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5199 times:

Allegheny, in preparation for the name change to USAir:


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I didn't care for it at the time.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25154 posts, RR: 22
Reply 21, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5191 times:

Two other US carriers with fairly radical livery changes -- Western from "Indian Head" to "Big Red W", and Air West to Hughes Airwest after Howard Hughes acquired the airline.


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User currently offlineHOOnS90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3009 posts, RR: 52
Reply 22, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5169 times:
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Quoting Fly2yyz (Reply 5):
Korean Air went from something drab to something spectacular!

...and then they screwed it up


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User currently offlineTigerguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 929 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5138 times:

Quoting nonimaus (Reply 15):
Spirit Airlines went from their fairly nifty silver/grey pixelated squares scheme to it's current technicolour-yawn inducing childlike scheme. I'd post thumbnails but I'm not sure how to do it on here.

Here they are:


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User currently offlineSpeedbird741 From Portugal, joined Aug 2008, 654 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5079 times:

This wondrous airline comes to mind.


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25 Post contains images CrimsonNL : Suprised this one hasn't come up yet! Quite a big change;
26 Post contains images Birdwatching : Whoa, after looking at the Avianca post above, I noticed the similarity:
27 Post contains links and images Speedbird741 : Even more so is TAAG's View Large View MediumPhoto © Marcelo F. De Biasi Speedbird741
28 Post contains images KGRB : A bad change, but not drastic (white with a blue tail to white with a white tail). Here's my vote:
29 Post contains images FlySSC : I am surprised nobody mentionned yet : UA :
30 Post contains images longhauler : I always thought this was a pretty startling change ... for the era.
31 Post contains links Stabilator : I'm surprised no one mentioned Sun Country http://www.airliners.net/photo/Sun-C...onnell-Douglas-DC-10-10/0796702/M/ http://www.airliners.net/photo/Su
32 ER757 : I did in the original post - I just didn't put photos in
33 Post contains links and images srbmod : What about Delta? From this: View Large View MediumPhoto © Mel Lawrence To this: (I didn't include the early livery used on some of the Convair 880s,
34 Post contains links and images planeguy727 : How about US View Large View MediumPhoto © Jonathan Morgan was View Large View MediumPhoto © Matt Kostelnick was View Large View MediumPhoto © Oliv
35 Post contains links and images YVRLTN : View Large View MediumPhoto © John YuView Large View MediumPhoto © Danny C. Y. ChanView Large View MediumPhoto © Dn280
36 Post contains links and images NWADC9 : Cathay Pacific: TWA: Northwest: View Large View MediumPhoto © Frank Robitaille
37 Post contains links and images Yflyer : ATA: Went from this fairly businesslike livery... View Large View MediumPhoto © Alastair T. Gardiner - WorldAirImages ...to festive palm trees. View
38 Post contains images FRAIAD : Maybe not the 'most' radical changes but two that I wanted to add: Pan Am: PLUNA: IMHO, the new PLUNA livery is one of the best out there. Probably no
39 Post contains images Delimit : We should have ended the thread right here. I don't think anyone will ever top, "the end of the plain plane."
40 Post contains images vietsky : I think Vietnam Airlines has changed as well! For better
41 Post contains images FRAIAD : And there is this. For worse.
42 Post contains links and images PHLBOS : Actually, that livery change occurred 4 years before (1975) AL changed their name in 1979 to US. As a matter of fact, planes that still wore the olde
43 Post contains images ardian : China Airlines went from boring to beautiful:
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