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Air India: New Livery Or Old One Better?  
User currently offlineA330Fan1 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 856 posts, RR: 11
Posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 5235 times:

Hey! The thought just came to me that the old Air India livery, to me, looked more appealing than the new one. The old one consisted of a red stripe with a golden spoke in the middle, a white body, and "Air India" written on the body in an authentic manner. The new one has more red, but the authentic feel is gone. I think that the best livery would be the old one, with perhaps a red stripe running along the body, bordered by gold to match the tail. What do you guys think? Here are a couple pictures of the old/new liveries, respectively:


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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 5177 times:

there is no "new" livery.... it was revolted against and cancelled in short order.

User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 377 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 5179 times:

That was AI new look that was rejected so they reverted to their 'old' palace windows livery which is showing its age since ages, but I guess nostalgic "Babus" as member Jaysit calls them want to hold on to it for ever, it definitely must be reminiding them of simpler times in India.

I liked the rejected livery but would have preferred it with some changes.



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User currently offlineAngelairways From United Kingdom, joined Nov 1999, 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 5164 times:

they are both extremely unappealing IMHO, but the one with the funny windows and grey belly tops my list of worst colour schemes of all time.

[Edited 2003-07-16 20:57:50]

User currently offlineEGFF From UK - Wales, joined Sep 2001, 2201 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 5142 times:

I sort of agree with you Angelairways ... it's not exactly the most "appealing" livery around  Smile
Regards,
Shaun



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User currently offlineL.1011 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2209 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 5104 times:

http://perso.wanadoo.fr/puck/AirIndia.jpg
http://perso.wanadoo.fr/puck/AirIndia_74.jpg


User currently offlineA330Fan1 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 856 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 5088 times:

L.1011 - I think the pictures in the links you provided are great! These pictures both portray authenticity and a modern look, which is what many airlines nowadays have.

User currently offlineN79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 5088 times:

I disagree actually. I think Air India has one of the most interesting liveries around. I really like it.

User currently offlineTekelberry From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1459 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 5072 times:

They're both hideous. But if I had to choose, it would be the "new" one.

User currently offlineA330Fan1 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 856 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 5071 times:

I also agree that it's nice, but I think if the airline took the older scheme and applied it to a more modern body, an even better livery would be produced - not that I'm saying the current one is bad, but a newer one would compete well with other airlines' newer, more appealing liveries.

User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 5018 times:

Air India's palace window livery is, perhaps, the only really good thing about the airline. With just a slight update in the right hands, it could be contemporarized brilliantly. But then the Babus who run the airline would take 20 years to carve up the proceeds from the painting subcontractors in order to make a fast buck before that could ever happen.

User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 377 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4869 times:

The scheme designed by Puck are nice, especially the logo, however thw 'palace windows' are barely noticeable, the Green also needs to go and the font used for the titles could be better.


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User currently offlineMike77 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 203 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4712 times:

I'm glad the "new" Air India paint job was rejected. As much as I like the current trend toward "Euro-white" planes, and as ancient-looking as the Air India corporate identity is, I really do like it. The "Palace Windows" are so unique and the look is reflective of India and respectful of the culture. I agree that the look has been dated for quite sometime, but I just cannot picture Air India with any other look.

Now the color scheme that L.1011 provided in those links - I could definitely get used to that. It is modern and flashy, yet retains the classic feel of the current look. But agree that the "Palace Windows" need to be more obvious.


User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4668 times:

THe palace windows are great.
Now if they could make the interiors more "palace like."


User currently offlineBaldguy From Canada, joined May 2001, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4588 times:

Air-India could do so much more...when I think of India, I think 'colour', especially the spices and the textiles - how about some gold, saffron, sari colours?

I hate the palace windows in red; in gold against a saffron, scarlet and pink background they would be stunning.


User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4559 times:

I guess the palace window motif is a love 'em or hate 'em affair. I love them and am glad the "new" livery was rejected. The A. Fischer renderings are nice...I'm glad he (she?) kept the palace window theme and agree with Mike77 and Baldguy that they should be a bit more in contrast with the base color...Jack


all best; jack
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