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When Is DL Going To Finish Painting?  
User currently offlineFlyinguy1 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 52 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4726 times:

Does anyone know when Delta is going to finish painting all of their aircraft into the new scheme ("wavy gravy")? Is there a target date? When do they paint the aircraft? During maintenance checks? How many aircraft are left to paint (percentage of fleet already in new scheme)? I know these are a lot of questions, but I really want to know the status of the scheme transition.


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User currently offlineWilax From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 465 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4557 times:

I don't have any of those answers, but I just wanted to chime in. I can't believe I still see that old 1970's scheme flying over my house. I even saw an MD90 at SNA in old colors. I would have argued that they didn't get any MD90's in that livery. The wavy-gravy came out in 1996 or 95, somewhere in there, I believe, so that would mean that they haven't repainted some aircraft in at least 7 years. Maybe they just spot-painted old aircraft where necessary in the old colors to save money...

Beats me...


User currently offlineDeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1701 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4545 times:

"Deltaflot" or "wavy Gravy" came out in 2000. The previous colors before those were the '97 Ron Allen colors, and then the widget scheme. And the aircraft are being re-painted as they go in for D-checks. There are are handful of jets still left in widget, and a fair amount left in '97 Ron Allen. As for exact numbers, that's beyond my scope.


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User currently offlineDeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1701 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4533 times:

And as for DL's MD-90's, they were delivered between 1995 and 1996-well within the scope of being painted into the widget scheme.


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User currently offlineIndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4527 times:

DL also painted several aircraft in the "Widget" c/s in the late 1990s...

User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4480 times:

I didnt think that there were any 767-300s still in the widget scheme, but I seen one at MCO a couple days back. I haven't seen too many widgets lately, other than the MD-90 from DFW that comes to MCO in the afternoon

User currently offlineCLEspotter From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4472 times:

33 ooc are left... That was the number from 2 weeks ago.

User currently offlineRockyRacoon From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 961 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4459 times:

I think they should keep one of each aircraft in the widget livery just for shits and giggles. Let the lagacy live on. Wavy Gravy is decent though. Love it on the B757s and B732s but not too hot on the MD88s and MD90s.

Tim


User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4438 times:

Is there still that one 767-400 still painted in the 1997 color scheme? I could have sworn I seen that come in at MCO a couple weeks back.

User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4432 times:

Among my collection on my comp from here, I have a picture from ATL where there are DLs in the frame with all 3 different liveries.


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User currently offlineGSPITNL From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 374 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4389 times:

There are still a few 767's in the '97 Scheme and I saw 2 in widget scheme in ATL yesterday! All togther I saw 10-15 planes in the widget scheme yesterday!


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User currently offlineDalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2533 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4182 times:

As of now there are 32 planes in the Widget scheme. Most are 737 which is what is being painted right now. There are also 8 MD-90 that are in Widget scheme. I don't know when they will be done.

For the One Millionth time, Delta does NOT strip and and paint each aircraft at 'D' check. During out heavy check they get touched up by brush. Full strip and paint gets done on a dedicated paint line that usually has nothing to do with heavy check. The 737-200 that are coming out of the desert are getting both at the same time. They are the only ones being done this way.


User currently offlineAviatortj From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1838 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4158 times:

I found an MD-80 on November 30th. {shameless plug ahead...}


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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4158 times:

I think I only saw 4-5 widgets today in ATL, it was around 10-ish. Saw a solid line of new c/s jets along one of the councourses today..was kinda nice, looked like the future to me! I did happen to see DL's first 777, still in the middle scheme.

There's still a healthy amount of Ron Allen schemes running around, they look alot less dated then the Widget.

I hope they leave one Widget as a retrojet  Big thumbs up If AA can do it, so can DL.

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineJeckPDX From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 255 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4121 times:

I am a big fan of the Ron Allen (partly beacuse it retains the cheatline, something rarely seen these days) scheme and dont undertsand why it was changed again after 3 yrs. The "wavy gravy" scheme is OK except for the engine cowls look like crap. They should either get the same treatment as the tail or a Delta logo of some kind but the way the sharply cut off dont match the grace of the tail.


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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 15, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4053 times:

I guess they'll probably finish painting all their aircraft in the current scheme around the same time that Northwest retires the last DC9... of course, they'll probably already have two new color schemes by then...  Big grin



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User currently offlineJrlander From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3947 times:

They are repainting the fleet on the normal repainting schedule. It will take a couple more years for all the aircraft to be repainted from the 1997 scheme. I think I heard late 2005.

User currently offlineDeltaffindfw From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3795 times:


Widget, Ron Allen, Leo paint jobs. When will we see the new Grinstein paint job?  Smile


User currently offlineFFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 733 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3704 times:

DALMd88; I think you mentioned a long time ago, that Delta is only allowed (by city?) to use one paint line out of three. For some environmental reasons. Do you think that DL might want to use all of them? I happen to sell technology, which would filter out all of the paint fumes of the return air system... You will get a good commission if you help me to sell this to Delta! You say that Delta doesn't have money for that? Sigh...I knew that.

User currently offlineFoxecho From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 746 posts, RR: 17
Reply 19, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3668 times:

Aaah maybe its the antihistamines talking, but speaking of retrojets I'd love to see a Delta 777 painted in the old Convair 880 colors.. Gold and black.....

 Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Andrew



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User currently offlineWGW2707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1197 posts, RR: 35
Reply 20, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3611 times:

You know, an "ultra-retro" look would be if they were to paint an aircraft in the 1920s livery used by their crop-dusting fleet.  Smile

I personally prefer the timeless "widget" livery to the modern ones and I wish Delta had upgraded it rather than completely changing their corporate identity twice.

-WGW2707


User currently offlineWesternDC1010 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 327 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3581 times:

The question SHOULD READ:

'When is DL Going To Finish Painting their CURRENT SCHEME?'

This 'Deltaflot' or 'Wavygravy' scheme looks like they rushed put the aircraft back into service before they could finish it properly. Also, the waves look like the aircraft snagged a polystyrene bag somewhere in flight and dragged it all over the place.

IMHO, It's too bare.

Just my .02 deposit.

- Ron
Western DC-10-10



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