DAL767400ER From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 5721 posts, RR: 48 Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2827 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.
Magyarorszag From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2721 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!
Shamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6206 posts, RR: 14 Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2686 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.
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2653 times:
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.....
Btriple7 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 1157 posts, RR: 9 Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2535 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.
(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.
Midway2airtran From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 864 posts, RR: 2 Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2498 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.
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.
3MilesToWRO From Poland, joined Mar 2006, 271 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2463 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.