Futureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2614 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2212 times:
Im fairly sure its political. Such as British Asia Airways, Air FFrance Asia and Swissair Asia, they altered their titles slightly to allow the governments to let them serve their countries. Maybe someone with more knowledge can provide a better explanation.
BeltwayBandit From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2055 times:
I've also seen this done when an aircraft goes into short-term charter. Spirit does this with aircraft chartered to the US Marshall's service. When they come back, they may continue to fly without marks until they get to the paint/decal shop.
OD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1928 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1990 times:
Probably the most extensive title removal ever witnessed was after the break-up of Aeroflot. All airlines had the Aeroflot titles removed and the red flag of the USSR repainted in their new national colours.
The new national airlines didn't have their own c/s so they left the aircraft for some while with the basic Aeroflot colours but with no titles.
Iberia340600 From Spain, joined Oct 2003, 804 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1935 times:
I think in El Al's case it could be more of a safety issue(i.e. to prevent aircraft from being shot down by terrorists since they may not be sure it is an El Al plane) Just a thought of mine, I dont know this for a fact.