A330Fan1 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 856 posts, RR: 11 Posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4497 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:
Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 372 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4441 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.
A330Fan1 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 856 posts, RR: 11 Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4333 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.
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4280 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.
Mike77 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 203 posts, RR: 4 Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3974 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.
Cptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2863 posts, RR: 13 Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3821 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