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Heavily Dated Aircraft Liveries  
User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3528 posts, RR: 4
Posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 12602 times:

Looking through the database I noticed several airlines (primarily former soviet-bloc nations) which still retain and paint new aircraft in very old fashioned/dated schemes. Obviously these airlines are not major world players but you'd still think they'd like to try and update their image. One exception is Olympic who's A340s looked incredible with the scheme they had painted them in.


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User currently offlinespiritair97 From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 1231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 12562 times:

Even though I think it is one of the most elecgant and understated liveries around, the CO Globetail livery.

Can't really count AA, since they are updating their brand image.

JAL is just awful. Not elegant, just looks cheap.

SQ, while nice, is old.

KU is kinda outdated-looking.

S7, I d't know how Old it is, but it seems like it's been around a long enough time.


User currently offlinePacNWjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 12523 times:

Quoting JAGflyer (Thread starter):
Obviously these airlines are not major world players but you'd still think they'd like to try and update their image.

And yet many of us a.netters get super excited when airlines come out with retro liveries.


User currently onlineSCQ83 From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 940 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 12418 times:

Air Malta used to have one of the most outdated deliveries in Europe. Thankfully they are getting (if they haven't got it yet, but I saw an Air Malta with their hideous old livery this summer in TXL) a new one soon.

Other dreadful European liveries: Air Europa, Meridiana Fly, Transaero, Rossiya and Aerosvit. Former Soviet airlines could learn from Aeroflot and their brand/livery renewal from the early 00s that, I think, is awesome.

Quoting PacNWjet (Reply 2):

Two different things. Those liveries look like they were designed in 10 minutes in the 80s in some Soviet government office. Usually retro liveries use sophisticated, now classical, designs.

It is the difference between a 1960 Cadillac convertible and a 1990 Yugo hatchback.

[Edited 2012-12-05 20:07:45]

User currently offlineUA735WL From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 12346 times:

TAAG's livery looks pretty dated.


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User currently offlineAF185 From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2012, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 12221 times:

IMO, CA has the most outdated livery among major carriers.
But it is actually nice to see older liveries


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User currently offlinespiritair97 From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 1231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 12147 times:

Quoting SCQ83 (Reply 3):
Other dreadful European liveries: Air Europa, Meridiana Fly, Transaero, Rossiya and Aerosvit.

While I do agree with you on that Meridiana Fly, Transaero and Rossiya have outdated liveries, I love the new blue Aerosvit colors, and for some reason I like the Air Europa colorscheme.


User currently offlinesteex From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1654 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 12120 times:

Quoting JAGflyer (Thread starter):

I can't really agree in the case of Yemenia. If their new livery is to be considered dated, then virtually every livery that relies primarily on a white fuselage should be considered dated. The crisp red and blue at the tail and relocation of the text with the removal of the cheat lines makes it pretty standard in today's world.

I personally find the Azerbaijan Airlines livery very stately, especially on the widebodies, and it is decidedly cleaner than then one shown on the 727. However, I can certainly see how that would be considered "dated" by many people.

Quoting AF185 (Reply 5):
IMO, CA has the most outdated livery among major carriers.
But it is actually nice to see older liveries

I'd say MU is not far behind, and you could make a case for CZ as well. They all look pretty dated.

I was going to suggest Air Koryo as a dated livery, but on second thought, that livery may be perfectly aligned to its operating environment!


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19712 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 12022 times:

Quoting AF185 (Reply 5):
IMO, CA has the most outdated livery among major carriers.

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User currently offlineaireuropeuk733 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 978 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 10884 times:

The Yemenia livery reminds me of good ol' Dan Air London - now those were the days!

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User currently offlineBlueLine From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 10008 times:

The livery IB currently has would have looked outdated 30 years ago.

User currently offlineairsmiles From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2009, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 9813 times:

Interesting point made earlier about us generally liking the retro liveries. These often have traditional designs with some form of cheat line yet I think most would perceive cheat lines as being old fashioned.

I do like some of the latest airline liveries but I do think cheat lines in various forms are aesthetically suited to aircraft, that are long and thin by design. Are there any successful, modern major airline liveries that incorporate cheat lines but still work?


User currently offlinedergay From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 9777 times:

Don't forget AF - it is awful, particularly when they don't wash or clean them. For such a chic and fashion conscious Country, they really could do better!


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User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10736 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 9777 times:

Blue cheatlines mostly make liveries appear very old fashioned and remind me of the communist era when many eastern airlines had dull Aeroflot-influenced "blue collar" liveries.

Quoting AF185 (Reply 5):

IMO, CA has the most outdated livery among major carriers.

Indeed, unbelievable for the flagcarrier of such an important and fast-growing country to wear old rags. I do like their double cheatline on the 747, but the colours are very dull to say the least. Please change it very soon!

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 1):
JAL is just awful. Not elegant, just looks cheap.
Truly awful, a bad joke, the outcome of a night meeting of clueless managers and too much Sake. No other explanation possible.

SQ, while nice, is old.

Exactly. Very 80s. 10 year old planes are regarded as old by SQ, so what about the 25 year old livery based on a 40 year-old one.

Quoting BlueLine (Reply 10):

The livery IB currently has would have looked outdated 30 years ago.

I disagree. Very modern in the late 70s, it imho still looks good and unique with the exception of the tail logo which needs a change.

Quoting UA735WL (Reply 4):
TAAG's livery looks pretty dated.

While old, its at least special and rich. One of the old liveries that are so good any change is likely one to the worse. Btw, they tried to introduce a new one some years ago, and not a bad one, but changed their mind quickly.


User currently offlinemal787 From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 694 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 9744 times:
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What about Alitalia, I have never liked it myself and it seems to have been around for years ,

Quoting dergay (Reply 12):
Don't forget AF - it is awful, particularly when they don't wash or clean them

Agreed plus Euro white is so boring
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User currently offlinebluesky73 From UK - England, joined Oct 2012, 322 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 9654 times:

I actually like a cheatline and if designed in right way can complement an aircraft.

White fuselage started to get popular in the mid-late eighties with Pan Am and emirates. I think Lufthansa current livery was 1990 (ish) but to be fair are starting to look dated themselves.

A lot of airlines then went for coloured engines and tails, Finnair etc ( which I loved) compared to the new uncreative and anaemic Finnair livery.

Was sad to see Malaysian red/blue stripe go and current 380 livery is not do nice.

I hope more airlines start bringing back the cheatline, other fashions go full circle so be nice to see some cheatline a back  

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User currently offlineaudidudi From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 9532 times:

Quoting SCQ83 (Reply 3):

Air Malta used to have one of the most outdated deliveries in Europe. Thankfully they are getting (if they haven't got it yet, but I saw an Air Malta with their hideous old livery this summer in TXL) a new one soon.

They do now have a new livery! Very smart too!

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User currently offlinea36001 From Australia, joined Sep 2012, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 9504 times:

Personally I think the livery of JAL is great. It's plain yes, but they use what looks like brilliant white, and it looks very sleek, clean and modern with the black and then the bright red of their iconic logo. IMHO sometimes less is more. JAL and Qantas are two that can be applied to. Again just my opinion.  

User currently offlineArcher From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 9433 times:
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Cathay Pacific is, simply, awful.
Probably the worst of any.


User currently offlineconaly From Germany, joined May 2005, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 9433 times:

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 1):
S7, I d't know how Old it is, but it seems like it's been around a long enough time.

Not really. The current green livery was introduced in 2006, after they changed their brand from Sibir (Siberia Airlines) to their IATA-Code S7. In the Sibir-times between 1992 and 2006 they had a typical white livery with blue stripes, which wasn't to different from the former (Soviet) Aeroflot livery.



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User currently offlinebluesky73 From UK - England, joined Oct 2012, 322 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 9088 times:

Agree seeing JAL crane back is great but more imagination on fuselage would not go a miss. Too much white!

User currently offlineDarkSnowyNight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1363 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 9025 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 8):

There is this anachronistic travesty... Fortunately, I hear they're changing it soon.

It doesn't age well, is what it is. I've had the opportunity to view a lot of their new metal up real close & personal (In fact, there is a 738 flying around with my thumbprints comprising some of the 1st "blemishes" on it as we speak), back in my DFW days. Even the 737s look pretty sharp when they have that mirror like finish to them. It just doesn't last is the thing...

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 1):
JAL is just awful. Not elegant, just looks cheap.

I don't know why people keep saying that. You need to see it in person. That white is very, very clean, and a much "higher temp" than typical. Really, the only thing they could have improved would be the font of the titles. I'd have made it a little smaller, and maybe gone with something like what we see on the updated QANTAS.



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User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10736 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 8853 times:

Quoting Archer (Reply 18):
Cathay Pacific is, simply, awful.
Probably the worst of any.

I like the CX livery, the tail could be modified though.

Quoting a36001 (Reply 17):
Personally I think the livery of JAL is great.

You must be joking to call that austerity scheme great.

Quoting a36001 (Reply 17):
very sleek, clean and modern

JAL? OMG, I think its really one of the worst worldwide, if not THE worst among the majors. There is absolutely zero new and modern, the logo from the 60s, the titles also oldfashioned. Unbelievably poor. Even old AA looks fresh and modern against it. I still hope its just a transition scheme. But JAL is just a mere shodow of a great past all over. Its scheme looks like a temporary measure of an airline mainly employing short-leased equipment. Reminds me a lot of the Air Atlanta-operated Hadj-planes of Saudia. If thats modern, I better keep wearing my top hat 


User currently offlineDarkSnowyNight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1363 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 8802 times:

Quoting na (Reply 22):
If thats modern, I better keep wearing my top hat 

You're going to hurt my monocle's feelings with talk like that.



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User currently offlineSmittyOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 8493 times:

When I saw the subject line all I could think of was this:



25 Braybuddy : My vote goes to Lufthansa. I know it's been updated over the years, but that tail? Must be 50 years now in its present form. Keep the crane for sure,
26 AWACSooner : That's it...lock this thread down, it possibly can't get any better than this!!!
27 BCBHokie : My vote goes to KLM - the overabundance of delft blue is about as dated as their aircraft interiors.
28 na : Great livery except the boring tail. Thank god an airline which keeps using a lot of colour instead of burying themselves in a sea of white tubes.
29 FI642 : I concur!
30 OM617 : I am totally anachronistic (or AAnachornistic if you will)! Gimme cheatlines and color! My heart sinks when I hear an airline is getting a new livery,
31 Post contains images spiritair97 : I do agree, the white is different than usual whites, but put something there to go with it! I hate when airline go back to their old liveries and ta
32 Braybuddy : I think JAL missed an opportunity here: it would have looked much better had they put it on a grey black tail.
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