Flyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1969 posts, RR: 3 Posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3012 times:
Hey I just had two pretty simple questions. United's logo, Is it supposed to be a 3 d "U" or something? I've heard people say it is but I wasn't sure. Also now that Northwest airlines has began re-branding, on the aircraft for now anyway, as "NWA" I wonder if they'll become to be more known as NWA as opposed to "NorthWest". Being called NWA in the same way TWA once was, or ATA is currently (despite the fact a lot of people say American Trans Air rather then ATA) And I'm aware of recent change that ATA is now, ATA Airlines or something like that... interesting, but what are all your guy's thoughts about this? Thanks
WMUPilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1473 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2958 times:
ATA dropped the American Trans Air and just kept the acronym ATA. Then they changes it to ATA Airlines. It's not American Trans Air Airlines like some people think, just ATA Airlines. Some still refer to us at American Trans Air, ATA. We use to be Amtran but changed it because people were confusing us with Airtran.
Ual777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2892 times:
Just like when Federal Express changed their name to simply FED EX.
as for UNITED and the 3D U? Well I was told when I first started that when UNITED began many years ago they were affiliated with three companies, Boeing and a hotel. The three were told to split up because of monopoly reasons and they split but UNITED now kept the old title which started with a "W" So it isn't a "U" it is the other letter. That is what I heard, So what I was trying to say was the company that the three were a part of started with a W so that is why the planes have always had the W on them.
N777UA From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2836 times:
The "flying U" logo was introduced in 1974...long after "United Aircraft & Transport" became United Air Lines , which was 1931. The logo is not a W at all, just a stylized "U". It's official name is "the flying U."
UA744Flagship From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2503 times:
Here is the text from my copy of the official, internally-published United rebranding guidlines book "To be United" (1998).
Designed in 1969 by the legendary American designer Saul Bass, the United symbol is one of the best known in the world...we're using it in new ways: as a larger-than-life icon, rising upwards. We're also looking to the United symbol for inspiration for the design of everything from ticket counters to flights service dishes. When many corproate symbols are updated, they're simply redesigned beyond recognition or even thrown out. Instead, United's symbol, like the company it represents, is being continuously reinvigorated.
Our symbol means something
According to the dictionary, to united means "to bring together as to form a whole," or "to combine people in interest, attitude or action." At United, we do this every day, in an environment that's in constant motion, whether it's an airport concourse on Monday morning, a maintenance hangar between flights, or an airplane cabin in the middle of the night.
The idea of bringing the pieces together while keeping everything moving -- a design principal called dynamic balance -- is perfectly expressed in United's symbol. It's four component parts come together in one graceful, sweeping whole.
A great corporate symbol is a flag that inspires the people that make up the organization it represents. The United symbol, bigger than ever, moving up beyond the frame of vision, has the ability to do exactly that."
I underlined the most important part.
It is simply a stylized U. You could see it as a "3-D U" (imagine the blue being one side of a road, then the road turns around and you see the other side of the road, which is red). Or you could see it as a symbol for "dynamic balance" or unity.
Whatever the case, United has had various "U" shaped symbols in the past, including the "shield" (most familiar with United should know what I'm talking about).