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Could Delta Have Kept NWA Livery?  
User currently offline777way From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (2 years 9 months 5 days ago) and read 3836 times:

It already had the delta triangle, all that was needed was to replace NWA/Northwest Airlines with Delta Airlines with exact same layout as NWA title, probably using same font, only difference the letters would be raised and not lower case. Would have made a much smarter livery then the already done style that DL is wearing, its nice but still.

Even in the non-billboard form it looks good as seen here, if they wanted tail could be blue with red triangle.

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User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4300 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3741 times:

The merger came not that long after the new DL livery was announced. It was pretty obvious from the get go that a merger with NW was in the plans from the get go with the red widget and similar styling to nw.

I was not a big fan of the "silver bullet" livery though. The "nwa" looked cheap.

Chicks dig winglets.
User currently offline777way From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3661 times:

I wasnt a fan of the NWA too, didn't know DL were getting a new look prior to merger, I think NW livery was one of the best in North America.

User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3636 times:

1) It's three words....Delta Air Lines...not two words, like American Airlines.

2) They already own the NWA brand (logo,livery). They haven't sold it, they've kept it.

Could Delta have USED the NWA livery? Sure....why would they want to? They're not HP/US/AA

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User currently offlineCoachClass From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 464 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3624 times:

I'm glad they didn't. I would hate to see another UA/CO livery disaster.

But the old NORTHWEST ORIENT livery with the plain red tail, to me, was classic.

User currently offlineN776AU From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 880 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 9 months 21 hours ago) and read 3432 times:

I was always partial to this idea:

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User currently offlineTWA772LR From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 3799 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 20 hours ago) and read 3429 times:

Maybe not in the livery, but NW is alive and well if you look close enough. Anyone notice that most of the planes in the DL ads are NW 747s or Airbuses? The fleet strategy is from NW, using older aircraft because they are paid, or close to being paid off. Even the luggage tags are identical, albeit they say DELTA! I'm sure there maybe some NW signage and traces if you look hard enough.

Quoting N776AU (Reply 5):

That's one of the better hybrid livery ideas I've ever seen.

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User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 4768 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (2 years 9 months 5 hours ago) and read 3380 times:

If you look closely, look at the direction the widget faces.

I'm a firm believer that the livery, even if introduced before the merger was announced, already took into consideration that DL and NW would merge eventually. Too much of a coincidence having a widget turned 135 degrees on the starboard side and 45 on the port side (just like where the NW compass points to).

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