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User currently offlineKomododx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3069 times:

It seems as though some airlines just put the smallest amount of time possible into thinking up a livery. The following airlines have some of the cheapest looking liveries out there:


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And the cheapest livery of all time:


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So what other airlines out there have really cheap-looking liveries?

Stefano  wave 

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User currently offline3MilesToWRO From Poland, joined Mar 2006, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3049 times:

The cheapest? American Airlines, I think. No paint at all. Their paintshop must be like a barber for the bald - "only polishing, please".

User currently offlineDAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3040 times:

IMHO, everything Eurowhite looks cheap to me. "Start of with a white basecoat, add a bit of paint to the tail so that we actually have identity, and write our name on the fuselage, and pronto, we're done."
It all looks just too similar, be it DL, AF, LH, AC(old), or all the others.


User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4702 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3030 times:

I don't think TAME looks cheap...


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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3030 times:

You really think that the TAME livery is looking cheap? It is one of my favourite liveries of all time!


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Patrick

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User currently offlineOrbis From Mexico, joined Dec 2003, 244 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3030 times:

In terms of creativity, the cheapest must be Mexicana.
IMHO The "new" livery is a huge step back.



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User currently offlineMagyarorszag From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2934 times:

I find that the new TP livery looks really cheap. As if unfinished or temporary. Something like a white wall with placards quickly glued on it to let know for which airline the aircraft is flying for...
Then DL has completely focused on the tail, forgetting the rest of the aircraft. And WO livery looks as boring as possible, but in that case it may make some sense as they often lease out their fleet. But compared to the red, orange and gold livery of the 70s & 80s, its like day & night!

How about Transavia latest?


User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6339 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2899 times:

Aer Lingus had a horrible one a few years ago! It was designed to promote the website but many people thought it was going to replace the shamrock and be placed on the A330, luckily it was only placed on the ageing 737s.

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User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2866 times:

Hi!

Yes, yes TAP livery is really "cheap".....we save a lot of money with that livery....and that's why TAP came two years in row with profit....and regarding "the unfinished and temporary"....well it's gonna be "temporary" for at least the next 15 years.....so guys you better get used to it!!! And by the way, it says TAP...and everybody in the world knows well TAP so.....
regards


User currently offlineCXA330300 From South Africa, joined May 2004, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2856 times:

Finnair's is pretty bland.............

But its quite hard to defeat the utter monotony of Air France's.



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User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4897 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2833 times:

AF is simple but effective I think. It works.

Now if you want to talk about dull liveries how about RA


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This could pass for a head of state aircraft from Russia.

YOWza



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User currently offlineBoeing777/747 From Belgium, joined Dec 2001, 643 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2820 times:


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User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2797 times:

I am very bored with the Swiss livery!!!

DALelite



They loved to fly and it showed..
User currently offlineNoelG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2798 times:

Guys I think you are definitely forgetting the single most cheapest looking of all time....

Oh yes our friends Air Scandic!


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Eurgh! My least favourite livery of all time - can you say "MS Paint"....



Noel

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User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6339 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2780 times:

I like the TP livery it's simple and the first thing you see is the name "TAP" therefore it is effective.

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User currently offlineBtriple7 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 1163 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2748 times:

Quoting 3MilesToWRO (Reply 1):
The cheapest? American Airlines, I think. No paint at all. Their paintshop must be like a barber for the bald - "only polishing, please".

Actually, getting a plane to that shiny polished look is a lot harder than one would think. AA's livery is not just bare metal that has buffed up. Several layers of special paint have to applied before the plane is maticulusly polished to a shine. I'm sure someone else can explain this process better than I can. I pity the painters who have to paint AA's planes, it's a tough process.

Regards,
Btriple7

EDIT: Spelling

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User currently offlineYULWinterSkies From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2180 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2723 times:

This is cheap, at least paint the winglets! Even AC does that!


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This used to be very cheap:


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But they went for cheaper, and the result is surprisingly fantastic!


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However, this one wins for the cheapest (and the ugliest...)


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User currently offlineZbrox From Sweden, joined Jan 2006, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2711 times:

Air Scandic is fantastic!!!!
What does it cost to paint an airplane?
50,000 Euro??
(Guessing)

And still they won't pay a graphic designer 10% of that in order to come up with a livvery that works!

How's that for creating confidence in management!

Guys in the paint shop must have puked!

Another example of MS-paint style is


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(Tail is OK - but LOOK at the logo and website typing!!!)

I'm not saying you can't have low budgets.
Emirates is Eurowhite with a few "stickers" and still look great.

You can do cool things on a less-is-more scale. But if I am to trust an airlines management in making the right decisions, i trust they use people who know their job for ALL work. From MX to graphic design.
With graphic design the decision to use the boss daughter is obvious from miles away.


User currently offlineMidway2airtran From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 864 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2711 times:

This one is not yet a reality, but probably now with all the money they have just raised recently. I can't post the picture, but it is the first thing you see on their site. Compared to this, Euro-white is not all cheap looking. Looks like one of those stores you buy fireworks at.

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User currently offlineBtriple7 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 1163 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2687 times:

Quoting YULWinterSkies (Reply 16):
This is cheap, at least paint the winglets! Even AC does that!

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I think that is one of the few things that almost all A.net members can agree on. AF is desperate need of a new livery. Although their current livery isn't "ugly" (depending on how you define "ugly"), it certainly is...well...boring. It lacks all forms of distinctiveness. AF doesn't need anything fancy, but some cheat-lines or something would be nice. They may also want to give their planes a wash a bit more often too.

Regards,
Btriple7



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User currently offline3MilesToWRO From Poland, joined Mar 2006, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2676 times:

Quoting Btriple7 (Reply 15):
Actually, getting a plane to that shiny polished look is a lot harder than one would think. AA's livery is not just bare metal that has buffed up. Several layers of special paint have to applied before the plane is maticulusly polished to a shine.

You're probably right and even if it'd be only polishing it would be an expensive one. But as a matter of fact, I suppose all typical liveries are comparable in terms of painting price, so "cheap livery" is rather something either "made on a knee" as we say in Poland, or a cheap artistic effect.

And AA's livery is for me this last option. Maybe it's difference between Europe and America, but I see AA painting as something based on "the more it blinks, the prettiest it is". The same reasoning you can find when people buy tons of chrome to be put on their cars. They consider those cars beautiful and, ROTFL, prestigeous.


User currently offlineKomododx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2650 times:

Wow! Air Scandic is even worse than Santa Barbara's cursive and upward-leaning lettering.

Another cheap-looking livery, probably created on MS paint as well:


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Stefano  wave 


User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 22, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2640 times:

I do not think there are cheap-looking liveries. All liveries are unique.


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User currently offlineKomododx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2634 times:

As I started this thread, by cheap-looking I meant that the airlines didn't put too much effort into their liveries.

Stefano  wave 


User currently offlinePureKiwi From New Zealand, joined Feb 2006, 183 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2522 times:

The Fly Me livery has to be the worst it looks like all they did was choose a random font and put fly me on the plane.

25 Post contains links and images Vhqpa : View Large View MediumPhoto © Gerhard Vysocan Looks like they ran out of yellow paint for the nose. apart from that the livery isn't too bad alth
26 Hoppe777 : American Airlines and Air Canada are the worst ! no paint at all apart from the "AA" signs and the "Maple leaf" terrible. Hoppe777
27 Post contains links and images Afterburner : Some of the Indonesian LCC's liveries are cheap. Mandala Airlines: View Large View MediumPhoto © Jorgos Tsambikakis / Travel-Images The old liver
28 Post contains links and images Vasu : ^^^ That's pretty damn cheap
29 Post contains links and images Ryanair737 : These are my "top 3". View Large View MediumPhoto © Patric Borg Ryanair737
30 CruzinAltitude : I cannot believe it took 13 replies to get to Air Scandic. It's livery is truly the Cheapest one I have ever seen. My 6 year old cousin could do a be
31 Post contains images TodaReisinger : The EL AL livery looks terribly cheap...like a small low-cost carrier....and with the "new" logo they are going to introduce...it will look even cheap
32 Post contains links and images Jorge1812 : Cirrus Airlines Germany View Large View MediumPhoto © Georg Noack Georg
33 Cainanuk : I never gave a damn WHAT their livery looked like... I just enjoyed watching their trolley dollies deboarding... They all looked like porn stars!
34 Post contains links and images FlyKev : My choices: View Large View MediumPhoto © Jordi Grife - Iberian Spotters View Large View MediumPhoto © Matthew McNulty View Large View Mediu
35 Post contains links and images Tsl1011 : Air Transat went from one of my favourite liveries View Large View MediumPhoto © Max Teuber to this cheap shadow of its former self... View Large
36 Post contains links and images YYZflyer : Not much colour on this one View Large View MediumPhoto © Konstantin von Wedelstaedt
37 Post contains links and images EZYAirbus : View Large View MediumPhoto © David Alfred Eliasson - Reykjavik Spotters Gotta be this one!
38 Post contains links and images Cwldude : I'm quite surprised a lot of the liveries on here have been mentioned (TAP, Air Canada, Air Transat etc.), I do quite like them.... HOWEVER... I perso
39 Musapapaya : I am suprised no one said Ryanair! Ryanair looks worst!
40 Post contains links and images OwlEye : Fundament your statement what is soo bad about it? I disagree your opinion. For an LCC the Ryanair livery looks good (better than before) and the Rya
41 Cedars747 : I am choked,Tame is one of my favourite too Alex!!!
42 Musapapaya : Hi OwlEye The reason I found their livery cheap is the blue and yellow bits on the plane. I just do not like this big word on yellow thing on the tai
43 Post contains links and images TR763 : I'd say that the Brazilian LCC BRA has a "cheap" livery. View Large View MediumPhoto © Rodolfo Philipp Rgs! TR763
44 OwlEye : That's more than true, William. Sometimes I have to convince a customer to re-concider the design he had first in mind. The customer is king. But whe
45 Musapapaya : Hello again OwlEye I am glad that you take my point - not trying to start a war or whatever, Ryanair really needs to improve their service quality in
46 OwlEye : I cannot judge about their service quality as I never flew Ryanair. But for the aircraft paint design I can say that in my opinion the Ryanair livery
47 Post contains images AirPacific747 : Why has no one pasted a picture of easyjet yet??
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